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From Slackers to Supermen: The Difference the Rain Can Make

Shane Anderson




  • March 24, 2012
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a good morning and the happy Sabbath each one of you I'm glad that I didn't have to say good morning to both of you is more than to hear so thank you for doing the good to see your ads on the fluidity of the be here is a part of the weekend I was surprised who is to give me a call and very pleased field will appear a procedure first on behalf of my family my daughter was just on the verge of getting to use her leg again when that we're walking to the grocery store this week and the center of the aisle was fine but it was freshly waxed on the edges so shall just like that she caught herself practical forms so you know when your kids pass yield twenty or so pounds you think you're done but eighty five curing her still to get places around so I thought we wake up this morning with one of my favorite stories in the New Testament if you have a Bible to route one acts chapter five axes this chapter were seventeen acts chapter five beginning with verse seventeen let's see how bad does my hips to look at that year the world is made for short people that those of you that India's of those are tall you have no idea when I fly on planes I'm reminded that engineers are all five foot three and one night when I sleep at night in camp bunks I know that they are made by the very same people that make the point that seats on the plane so I'll try to keep my head out of what's going on up there in accepted fiber seventeen of the Christian church is in full swing fresh young vibrant disciples are doing prior power of God incredible things there have been so we say a few people that have been added to the Christian church and as a result of the success that God is sent to his disciples the Jewish religious leaders are jealous and that's where we join the story of her seventeen dozen high priest in all his associates who were members of the party of the Sadducees were filled with jealousy the rest of the apostles and put them in the public jail during the night Angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jailer brought them out go stand in the temple courts he said until the people the full message of this new life at daybreak they entered the temple courts as they had been told and began to teach people when the high priest and his associates arrived they called together the Sanhedrin the full assembly of the elders of Israel and sent to the jail for the apostles but on arriving at the jail the officers did not find their so they went back and reported we found the jail securely locked with regard scanning of the doors but when we open them we found no one inside on hearing this report the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled wonder what would come of this then someone came and said look the man you put in jail are standing the temple courts teaching the people that the captain went with his offices and brought the apostles they did not use force because they feared that the people would stone them and he brought the apostles they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest we gave you strict orders not to teach in this name they can say the name of Jesus he said yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood what would you have said in response if you were in the shoes of the apostles that they are biased to quickly we don't have much of an equivalent to refrigeration of the disciples were in at that moment but let's even paint the picture the Sanhedrin was for Jewish believers was named most powerful religious body on the face of planet earth you could just waltz in and become a member of the Sanhedrin there was extensive trainer had to take place and of course most of all you had to prove that you were a Jew among June to be faithful beyond the faithful very learned man that were there and so highly regarded where they next to King Herod when he when they built silos notice Harris Temple the Jewish Temple their right to the side of it was a special place I'm sure it was lavishly done so that the Sanhedrin could meet is over the disciples are standing there before the Sanhedrin here are the most high-powered religious theological people the earth could possibly muster and not only that they also had the ability to kill you think of the net quite handily about fifty days earlier because Jesus himself had been crucified at the behest of the Jewish religious leaders so knowing all of the with all of that theological and even physical firepower behind what would you have said to the Sanhedrin when essentially they told you you need to keep your mouth shut when I wonder what the disciples they need things for the clear Peter and the other apostles replied we must obey God rather than men the God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead whom you had killed by hanging them on the tree God exalted him to his own right-handed person stated that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins Israel we are witnesses of these of these things and so is the holiest Barrett whom God has given to those who obey him first thirty three when they heard this they were what really really bad footstomping mad in fact that you may want to put them to death with a designed given they have the ability to send this point God has his people everywhere Gamaliel a very prized and respect the teacher that time stands up and tells a Muslim this is from God there's nothing we can do about it if it's not about in a fizzle out like so many other movements have done as I said let's just have them flogged and coordinate with things work run their natural course for sporting his speech persuaded them they called the apostles in and have them flogged then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus and let them go my guess is that none of you have been flogged I hope that's the case I've never been flogged there were times when I was little and I got punished that I probably would've said that I have been flawed but I've never been flocked not not officially announced you haven't either because in those days there were certain laws that govern flogging as a lethal good flogging beaver you can only be flogged a certain amount of time to a certain amount of lashes could be given to you because the assumption was if you past that point death was imminent and usually they didn't want you to die that's why they flogged you they wanted to inflict as much pain as bodily possible without you dining because then you into things would happen number one you would remember not to do whatever it was that you got flogged for doing number two anybody that's all you will be very impressed that they too should not do whatever it was they got you flogged in the first place flogging was often done by professionals and my guess is that we don't know for certain from the text the Sanhedrin obviously had at their disposal some pretty Roman soldiers and probably had a professional soldier the knew exactly how to cause as much pain as possible written when necessary and breaking bones during the flogging but not actually killing the person all of the disciples here are flawed but when I like what would your response and then you just had to show down you stood up for what you thought leaders right you said the right thing instead for God 's Edward and obey God rather than men the result is is that you are beaten within an inch of your life all of you my guess is as of the apostles when they left almost certainly were bleeding profusely from their backs are probably some of them have broken bones some may have even had balls that were exposed because of the flash being ripped away from their backs when you think their response was that what's he would happen verse forty one Herbert middle of her story than the ordinance and even ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus and let them go the apostles left the Sanhedrin on believing that they had been treated so poorly they merely decided to retire to a small cabana on the beach and sip lemonade and stay out of the line of fire as long as they could and they were never seen or heard from again Senator Bible says you have been warned about using the new international version of the problems with that let's see the majority conversely once the apostles left the Sanhedrin rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the name day after day in the temple courts and from house to house they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ I realize it's early in the morning but now would be a good time to say that a man can imagine can you imagine what the Sanhedrin was the thought that you guys write out there with a trail of blood so pleased and what it just happened and everybody that saw them walking down the street that they must do it absolutely amazing they probably most people in Jerusalem probably already knew who the apostles were coming incredible things been happening already thousands of people had joined the Christian church because what God is doing through these men in this scene and going through the streets if the Sanhedrin saw that this was going to be a transforming experience in the wrong direction their direction they were sadly mistaken because what was intended to snuff out the Christian church action became just one more care gasoline was poured on the phone in his thing many people when they read the totality of the book of acts and all that happened with the disciples look at a story like this one in the same as incredible as this is it's just another day at the office for the disciples later passionate accident take place through automated ever there was a group of people that were awake this is because often a book about the book of acts incredible things are understanding for the right eventually none of the apostles died a natural death unless you want to count John nine on Patmos is a natural death I think they were just incredible people and this is just normal Matthew twenty six take a look at please let what normal was Matthew chapter twenty six verse fifty five the scene is regarded in Gethsemane Jesus is being arrested they come out with this whole entourage of soldiers clubs fears etc. not to arrest Jesus in Matthew twenty six was fifty five here's what happens is a bad time Jesus said to the crowd in my leading a rebellion that you come out with swords and clubs to capture me every day I sat in the temple courts teaching and you did not arrest me but this has all taken place but the writings of the prophets might fulfillment of his sons then all the disciples how many of the disciples deserted him and fled that's normal that's normal for the disciples that's the way that they lived with Jesus for three and a half years always second-guessing seeming to care more about what men thought and what these were not normally passionate man instead like rats from a sinking ship when exchanging is that it looks like the party 's own problems off they go there done what made the difference between Matthew twenty six and acts chapter five what was it that took the disciples from being such weenies the winners what was it that took them from being slackers the seemingly supermen from puppets the passionate fully awake fearless disciples of Jesus Christ or through the Bible has to say take a look at Deuteronomy chapter eleven Deuteronomy chapter eleven beginning with verse thirteen if you want to discover what made the difference for the disciples then you have to talk about agriculture that's probably naturally are expecting that were chewing to talk about agriculture to understand it's true that chapter are to the Deuteronomy chapter eleven verse thirteen is precisely where you need to begin if you want to understand what happened to transform the disciples Deuteronomy of the name means second line because Moses here they're standing on the cusp of the promised land and wandering around for a while Moses is giving his last will and testament to the juice and given various promises from God in addition to the law that's refined here in verse thirteen is SOA faithfully obey the commandments I am giving you today to love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul then I will send what Ray then I will send rain on your land in its season both autumn and spring rains so that you may gather in your brain an oil I will provide grass in the field for your cattle and you will eat and be satisfied Raynor says both autumn and spring is in organizations will safeguard out of the former and the latter rain others terms are also used this is no small promise nervousness is free seven eleven days I live not far from a 7-Eleven and several letters are good things that when you're missing something chances are seven eleven will have it it will not be healthy for you but recently some dinner and episode I continue my girls I run across and Windows 7 think of what many in those days seven eleven took seven to eleven months to grow it was an agricultural society it was not an easy place to go there was no such thing as fast food fast food was when the deer was running away from you okay and so if you wanted to eat you had to plan in advance and that part of the world agriculture had a specific cycle the rains would come in a former and latter sort of way a bottom a fall and spring rain the idea was that's in the fall the farmer go out they get there Tina Barkley would plow the referrals out there and that the nuclear plant their seeds you sow there is seen as for the term comes from selling it's like you're making this pattern going through opening the seeds evenly through the ground if it didn't rain you are done in that part of the world when the children of Israel were faithful and sometimes when they work as Jesus pointed out the sermon on the Mount the rains would come in the fall that will take that little seed in it would blow up it was sprouting would bloom and then the razor taper the Bears have a dry spell and then when eventually the spring and then the spring rains would fall the latter rains would fall literal rain from the sky and that would take this unit is this a potted plant that you was only used dollars of it would bring it fully to maturities of there was made of there is corn that it would actually bring that the weeds and by the court would have actually airs on it the latter rain brought to maturity that which the former rain had started out months earlier this is a huge promise God is essentially saying I would figure I will take care of you and we stood on the table you trust me follow me I will take care of you and your children accountable have grasped you to check at such a powerful promise Hosea chapter ten verse twelve is a the tenth chapter and verse twelve and get back to chapter six verse three hosannas considered one of the minor prophets because of that what he did was of minor importance but because his ministry was somewhat limited compared to some of the profits and is a here is speaking in verse twelve of chapter ten years we find Jesus so for yourselves righteousness that's agricultural likely to inhibit on the end there we have a surprise so for yourself no corn not believe not barley any reason pursue righteousness reap the fruit of unfailing love and break up your unplowed ground by now we can figure out this is not talking about literal dirt here for it is time to seek the Lord Intel he communists and showers what righteousness not weighing in the showers righteousness on you know one of the great things about is that he speaks to people in language of big and understand if God were alive today in my neck of the woods if you think of Jesus Ron earthling out of the library believe it or not if you desire the morning that if Jesus were on the earth today and he was in my part of the world the Shenandoah Valley chances are he would tell parables about NASCAR because people understand and even if this is kind of the language that they speak will hear God speaking through Hosea and he sees talking about things that they know very very well agriculture is unable every single meal that they need is a result of the rain coming from God and falling on the hard ground but here got not talking about physical rain the physical graph is talking about their hearts so for yourselves righteousness reap the fruit of unfailing love break up your unplowed ground meeting a hardened heart for it is time to seek the Lord until he comes and showers righteousness on you a specific spiritual rosacea of God sending rain on their crops chapter six verse three and here is virtualization gets even more specific is a chapter six verse three is here imploring God 's people he says let us know if the Lord let us press on to acknowledge him as surely as the sun rises she will appear he will come to us like here it is the winter rains like the spring rains that water there are now it's not just the spiritual station of the agricultural process in general here specifically God is using the former and the latter rains on which their refrigerators now he's famous in the former H yes it has to do with your physical food even more than that though it has to do with spiritual food if we press on to the knowledge that God is God Hosea is saying he will come he will appear he will come to us just as surely as the former and latter rains do forty four worthwhile zero forty four chapter and verse one as there is of course major profit is ministry was during some of the most difficult times of Israel's very cantankerous kings that he had you with tankers people as well is what God says you now chapter forty four verse one says that now listen O Jacob my servant Israel whom I have chosen this is what the Lord says he who made you who formed you in the womb and who will help you do not be afraid O Jacob my servant Joshua might have chosen for I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground was pretty familiar stuff a restocking of physical rain but always keep reading I will pour out my wet my spirit there is I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring and my blessings on your descendents they will spring up like grass in a meadow like poplar trees by flowing streams now we see what it is that God is promising to pour out like the former and the latter rated his Holy Spirit and ending the parallel is very clear first for they will spring up like grass in the middle like poplars my point that the outpouring of the Spirit of God specifically using the agricultural language they knew so well Georgia to verse twenty three children to verse twenty three registered voter versus twenty eight thirty two just isn't content to look at verse twenty three year since the glad O people of Zion rejoice in the Lord your God for he has given you the bottom lands and righteousness everything is symbolism once again being used as a spiritualized for a specific receptor verse twenty eight dozen afterward I will pour out my Spirit on all people your sons and daughters will prophesy your old men will dream dreams your young men will see visions even on my servants both men and women I will pour out my Spirit in those days I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth blood and fire and billows of smoke suddenly turned to darkness and the moon to blood for the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved there's no time given your is no indication as to exactly when this is supposed to take place but apparently sometime in the future from the Ministry of the prophet Joel there is going to come a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God is going to be so pervasive that it will be no respecter of persons in the young than your old man your women all your dream dreams will see visions incredible signs will take place in the heavens all this will be a result of a massive outpouring of the Spirit of God do we have an indication as to whether this massive outpouring came Exchequer to these verse one asked Jeff to verse one the senior courses that Jesus is the crucified in the lane and the great is risen from the grave he has returned to heaven in chapter one and the disciples returned to Jerusalem they are somewhere in Jerusalem don't know exactly where they are together they have been praying and something happens extra tubers wants is when the day of Pentecost came they were all together in one place sudden sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting they saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other time what is the spirit of enablement how fascinating answer to prayer is a pretty amazing answer to prayer I confess this tops them all through their praying together praying for God 's will be done in their lives between from power because that's what they were told to ask for the secret power earlier in chapter one and then he had come the Holy Spirit is poured out in one of the manifestations you is that they speak in other languages that is bothersome and hubris this is not just the language of heaven and nobody on earth can understand we know this because if you read further we see the various people that were in town in Jerusalem for the festival of Pentecost understood their languages without was impressive enough but what was most impressive is that these guys have decided I find a little Spanish I'm not so good I know enough Spanish to get in trouble in several South American countries but in those days these gentlemen have not studied these other languages finished adheres to you from zero to sixty two seconds flat they know the languages are speaking in the proclaiming the praises of God and languages from all the world and is other visitors that are interested in understanding completely the only explanation that the non- disciple crowd can figure out is that these guys are drunk now as a pastor I have seen people that are drunk if someone was speaking fluently and in another language I would be tempted to think that they were drunk when it would be an interesting form of Budweiser that would enable somebody to speak it fluently another language but I guess that's only thing I could come up with Mister Dent verse fifteen that Peter stands up in response to these accusations he says these men are not sunk as you suppose it's only nine in the morning other drinkers were not as advanced as our drinkers today is we can deduct it anytime day or night but the greatest effect and they has a protocol to follow these men are not drunk as you suppose it's only nine in the morning no this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel in the last days God says I'm pour out my Spirit on all people your sons and daughters will prophesy your young men will see visions your old men will dream dreams even on my servants both men and women I will pour out my Spirit in those days and they will prophesy I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below blood and fire and billows of smoke the son of eternal darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord and everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved is going into Georgia particular verses twenty to thirty two right there this is the fulfillment of this promise time they came to the original was told about it was going to come this massive outpouring of the Spirit of God and indeed it became anyhow we know the answer to our question the reason why the disciples were transformed that which turned the disciples from weenies to winners from slackers disappointed almost Superman was not I repeat listen closely it was not the fact of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the devil knows the facts about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the last I checked the devil will not be saved it is not the fact of what Christ did on the cross that somehow magically inspired these men to do what they were able to do an act chapter five hundred enough it was the outpouring of the Spirit of God and here's the key point it doesn't matter how firm the facts are lodged in history they are firmly lodged what Jesus did on the cross but they can only be applied to the human heart by the power of the Holy Spirit that's what changed the disciples they already knew that Jesus had done when he came in and it are any of you was the son of God they are running it he paid the price for all the sins of humanity but that will enable them to do with they did and asked after five it was the outpouring of the Spirit of God to change them from the inside out and empower them to be able to do what God was calling them to do and by the way some people are pointed out the next chapter Q we seem to have something that could be referred to as the former reign of the Holy Spirit happening in the former rate of the Holy Spirit happens with anybody anybody was a Christian anybody who believes in Jesus Christ it happens because the Spirit is a work in their life they are experiencing is the first blogging experience the plant of the gospel grows up in spots and that's everybody experiences that is a question but they have said also that this is accepted to represent a specific outpouring of the Spirit of God they could be referred to as the former rating of the Holy Spirit because this is the seed of the gospel be implanted for the first time this is the seed of the Christian church there was no Christian church prior to this point but here asked if the Christian church the seed is planted in the fertile soil of the people of that time and boy did it shoot up a bunch were all over the place three thousand people in the gay were baptized at the end of acts chapter two what if that was the former rain in extra effort to left layout the symbolism every Jew new that the formerly was always follow by the latter for doing Ellen Scripture when the latter rain is going to come we don't know when but we do know that it will Revelation chapter eighteen please was eighteen verse one release eighteen of course was penned many many years after the book of acts was Jonathan I looked at Mrs. is probably about eighty ninety eighty ninety two eighty ninety five write railroad of the end of the first century depression church has seen a great deal of water go under its bridge the Holy Spirit is done amazing things but then we read this John you says after this I saw another angel coming down from heaven and great authority and the earth was eliminated by his splendor was there click the earth was a limit to how much of the planet imagine being lit up just Asia Japan apparently the entire globe is somehow lit up from his night from a human perspective that's a problem it when you have a round planet light of the whole thing with a single light is real challenge because you can't go around the field once I got it so powerful is this angel that he doesn't just illuminate one particular section of the planet of the incident a link to the entire thing with it what is the word angel literally means in Greek amino messenger and over this is a message that goes out to planet Earth it is so powerful as so pervasive that it's not just light up a little portion of an actual light of the entire planet we know that God is not interested angels with the proclamation of the gospel is he is entrusted it to people here is a movement foretold so powerful it was all around the world no one is it it's been said in this message first you with a mighty voice he shouted fallen fallen is Babylon the great was that remind your project is early but Revelation three dozen messages of this is a limit specifically Angel number two as you have fallen is Babylon the great etc. etc. that's the second of the three Angels messages this is specifically repeating there is a repetition of the three Angels messages apparently they come to write at the end of time and noticed carefully so powerful so powerful is the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of the three Angels messages committed in light of North America or South America or portions of age are aware of attending it lights up the entire planet in other words there is going to come a time when God 's message will go so powerfully that the only way it could possibly be described is that it lights up every single corner of the planet Earth is none of the mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the latter rain no I talked about this she saw this day is how she described it great controversy at six twelve is a service of God with their faces light up and shiny with holy consecration will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven by thousands of voices all over the earth the warning will be given miracles will be brought the sick will be healed and signs and wonders will follow the believers and also works with line wonders even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men Revelation thirteen thirteen thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand the message will not be carried so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God the arguments of that presented the sea has been sown and now it will spring up and bear fruit and fifty nine which upgraded agricultural image of Israel the publication is distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence yet many of his lines were impressed and then prevented from fully comprehending the true dwarfing human obedience now the rays of light penetrated everywhere the truth is seen in its clearness any honest children of God several bands which have held them family connections church relations are powerless to stay them now truth is more precious than all besides notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth a large number take their stand upon the Lords side they let our data on a part of those final moments I want to be a part of what God is going to view in our affordable latter reign of the Holy Spirit or ceiling to match you imagine going to church is seen miracles they done can you imagine the rate ultralight talks about the events that will take place by the power of God spirit at the end of time will exceed those of the place at Pentecost that was the last in your church of three thousand people baptized in a day they were fellow while my character that happened in a long time right up to be a part of that time and seeing God 's power unleashed to see the work be finished make no mistake that day will never come a day when we see thousands of people converting the day and signs and wonders being done though that they will never unless the latter reign of the Holy Spirit comes first fact is not exaggeration to say that unless the latter reign of the Holy Spirit comes Jesus is guaranteed and not return in my lifetime or yours but that thinking for a moment we hardly ever talk about this is a church to talk about programs talk about plans to talk about strategies all the things of the place but it's almost as if we assume that if you were clever enough and work hard enough the guy would just reward is this okay here were done it doesn't work that way unless the latter and of the Holy Spirit comes Jesus is guaranteed not to return in our lifetimes unless the latter reign of the Holy Spirit comes my ministry and yours are guaranteed and with our physical death and dividend needs in North America to see Jesus when they're old I tired to be great no it will see Jesus come from being resurrected from the green if the latter and of the Holy Spirit as income unless the latter reign of the Holy Spirit comes the work of the seven Baptist Church in this conference in every conference all of the world will never be finished your article rather you must gather we must have the outpouring of the latter reign of the Holy Spirit and by the way notice this this is a Vancouver -based seven oh one she says that he says of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to is in the futurism of your risk of bias because we got together started writing one two three the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looking forward to as in the future but it is the privilege of the church to have it when one is that right now it was now when this is written in eighteen ninety five oh either was now in public and even more now now get going with Britain seek for pray for believe what we must happen and heaven is you get the picture God is poised on the edge of heaven and he's just waiting he just anticipating your individual already to go on the Holy Spirit and got his wings are you ready to go down to eliminate the entire planet and thus we come to the question of our age the question that the church must answer the question that you must answer that I must answer how are we to receive the latter reign of the Holy Spirit will tell you the way to receive this final outpouring of the Spirit of God the way that we will finally be equipped to be all that Jesus intervened with the way that we were finding finally be able to finish the work that God has given the Advent movement to do is what I'm sorry about this afternoon so hope you can join us at three thousand seven because it's time for breakfast if I keep talking out and get upset antennas are now but suffice it to say this until this afternoon God is not looking for hobbyists God is not looking for people that are just trying to have a heavenly button to cover their backs when they needed loves everybody not unquestionable yell but in these last days God is looking for people who are fully awake fully alive fully walking in God 's light and fully empowered by his spirit to do that which he has called them specifically to do a prayer for you is that you will not rest that I will not rest until we are fully filled with the spirit division I pray in our system if the father in heaven on earth as for myself and I know Lord for many if not all there here at downhill and voice that we crave the feeling of your Holy Spirit Gottlieb we know many many facts about you and we praise you for that we thank you Lord for objective truth that does not move a firm foundation with it we can build our faith upon the guy we are also grateful that you have sent your Holy Spirit to make those facts come alive in our hearts that you have changed this book from the inside out by the power of your Holy Spirit please send the former and the latter means there's still us even now fill your people will message you a this is not as obvious as it is God 's word through reading sermon audio and much more than he would like to know more about our universe is much more so than please visit www. .com universe .org


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