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GYC 2012 Keynote Address

Israel Ramos


Israel Ramos

Pastor in the Michigan Conference



  • December 28, 2012
    5:00 PM
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to this and see what I see two thousand twelve hundred Seattle Washington and other resources and access online at www. USC one one one evening everyone familiar this assigns a value hence with me improve as we begin the message for this evening father in heaven it is impossible for the human mind and human tongue to community the things of God at the same time it is impossible for the human you to understand and so Lord we are in a bit of a fix tonight we are need of a miracle that he would use me as an instrument today and he would somehow communicate the words from on high into the personal lives of each individual here tonight so Lord we pray that you would give us your spirit tonight as we study your word we ask for these things in Jesus name amen acts chapter two Jesus is just as then again as he gathers together with his disciples for the final time before he goes back to begin his work for you one for me in the sanctuary of heaven it's also his disciples that it will be their responsibility from that point thought word tended to communicate to the entire world the message of arisen and soon coming Savior and so was his parting words are these other disciples you will receive power after that Holy Ghost is come upon you and you will be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria he says and in the uttermost part world with those final words the disciples are left with perhaps whom are just responsibility never given to humankind to be a testament to be a testimony to be a witness of Jesus Christ of his soon return before an entire world and we find these words and chapter two verse one when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord in one place and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as unless rushing mighty wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting and there appeared unto them clothe and tongues like as a flyer and it sat upon each of them and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other times as the Spirit gave them utterance and there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews devout men of every nation under heaven now when this was noised abroad the multitude came together and were confounded because that every man heard them speak in his own language and they were all amazed and marveled saying one to another behold are not all these which speak Galileans and how here we every man in our own tongue wherein we were born skip down verse twelve and they were all amazed and were in doubt saying one to another what means this others mocking said these men are full of new wine but Peter standing up with a eleventh lift up his voice and said unto them you men of Judea and all ye that dwell in Jerusalem the known unto you and hearken to my words for these are not drunken as you suppose seeing that it is but the third hour the day for this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel and it shall come to pass he says and it shall come to pass in the last days saith God I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall see dreams on my servants and on him I will pour out in those days of my spirit and they shall prophesy and I will show wonders in heaven above and assigned signs in the earth beneath blood and fire and vapor of smoke the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and notable day of the Lord come and it shall come to pass and it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved verse thirty seven as a response not imminent now when they heard this they were pricked in their hearts and he said to Peter to the rest of the apostles men and brethren what shall we do then Peter said unto them repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost for the promise is unto you and to your children and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord shall call than they would gladly received his word were baptized in the same they were added on to the church about three thousand souls and they continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers and the fear the Bible says and fear came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles and all that believed were together and had all things in common and sold their possessions and their goods and they parted them to all men as every man had need and they continuing daily in one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart praising God and having favor with all people and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved if there was ever a revolution this is it as a matter of fact the book of acts is full of revolutions how is it possible that God takes men and women would just previously not in the distant him afraid for their lives how does he take those people filled him with courage and boldness in order to proclaim the message of Christ that no longer to seeing that people think is that if there is ever a revolution this is a revolution how is it that God takes selfish individuals and causes them to come together in fellowship and unity for a singleness of purpose if there is ever a revolution chapter one and accepted to records for us that revolution I call it the revolution of power and there are lessons for us tonight lesson number one is this that the revolution of power record and accept one and two is a revolution that is not dependent on who we are yet at the same time it is very dependent on who we are is a revolution that is not dependent on who we are yet at the same time is very very dependent on who we are not dependent on we are in terms of gifts not dependent on who we are in terms of talents but it is however dependent on who we are in terms of whether those gifts are totally and one hundred percent sacrifice and committed to the Lord Jesus Christ if you are not willing to be a fool for Jesus Christ you are not ready for the revolution of power if you are not willing to be used to be wasted for the service of Jesus Christ then we cannot be ready for the revolution of power if we have not yet prepared ourselves to be used or unused for whatever cause or purpose Christ has in store for you and for me then we are not ready for the revolution of power the revolution of power teaches us first of all that God is not bound by the talents you possess or the talents that I do not him I would limit God would limit you and what limits me is our willingness to surrender what we do have the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the first lesson that we learned from the revolution of powers at that it is not dependent upon the talent that we possess it is not dependent on who we are yet at the same time it is very dependent on who we are there is another lesson that we learn and that is this that the revolution of power is a revolution that is totally dependent on the word of God just before Jesus leaves the SRS the final words to his disciples are this you will receive power you will be my witnesses both in Jerusalem and he says as a matter fact you will be my witnesses in the entire world a revolution cannot exist a revolution from the word of God a revolution for Christ cannot exist outside of the power of the word of God for it is totally one hundred percent dependent on the word of God to do what it says the one key ingredient in the match that sets aflame the entire world and the complete individual is the word of God Jesus Christ that you will be my witnesses and so did the and so did the prophet Joel the prophet Joel said your young men will see dreams your old men will see visions my spiritual fall upon all flesh upon the old and upon the young it will fall upon those who are afar off and those who are close he says it will fall on applying UN upon your children my spirit he says my word my power will fall not just on a few individuals put upon anyone that is called this leads me the next lesson we learned that the number three is this that the revolution is for those who are called the revolution is for those who are called it is dependent upon the word of God it is not bound by what you don't have a buy what you do have but it is at the same time very much bound by what you don't have and what you are willing to do with what you do have and the third thing is that this revolution is for those who are called my friends God has never ever called the qualified God has never called the qualified but rather he always qualifies those that he calls in otherwise the call itself is the qualification and if God wants a revolution to take place it doesn't matter if you're old or young it doesn't matter if you're a boy or girl it doesn't matter if you are near or if you're for we need we need not ask ourselves if we are the descendents of Peter but we need to ask ourselves as the Lord Jesus Christ called me to be part of this revolution God never calls a qualified he instead qualifies the called the call is the qualification that is our biggest two fifty says this in the common walks of life there is many a man patiently treading the round of daily toil unconscious that he possesses powers which if called into action would raise into any quality with the world 's most honored man touch of a skillful hand is needed leaders church leaders a touch of a skill plan is needed to arouse those dormant faculties it was such men to Jesus called to be his goal labors and he gave them the advantage of association with himself never had the world 's great men such a leader Siebel 's game four from the singer 's training there were no longer ignorant and uncultured dad become like him in mind and character and men the knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus the call is the qualification there is a supernatural yet certain phenomenon it takes place with the call there is a supernatural yes certain phenomenon it takes place with the called they had the advantage of association with Christ and in this Association this association somehow transforms the called to become like them in mind and character and people take note that they have been with Jesus the call are qualified because the call itself is the qualification young person tonight you need to understand that you do not need anything except the call of Jesus Christ upon your life to be successful in labor for Jesus Christ is there a dream in your heart to do something for God the call is a qualification the call is a qualification because it gives us the advantage of communion with Jesus and communion with Jesus transforms the life so that you and I become like him and mind and character so much so that the surrounding world patent takes note that we have been with Christ lesson number four is that the revolution of power is always an outward manifestation of something greater that is within it is a nice break it is a manifestation of something greater that takes place within what you see on the house him how big it is is always smaller than what is on the inside perhaps the best and most powerful of all words ever recorded in the book of acts are found in acts chapter two the very first words we read and on the day of Pentecost when the day of Pentecost was fully come it says they were all with one accord in one place perhaps the greatest and most successful challenge that the disciples were able to overcome the greatest revolution that ever happened even before you read the rest of acts chapter two is a revolution that has already taken place in the hearts of each of the apostles and that is unity with Christ that leads to unity with one another it is always in iceberg this isn't some type of yoga or karate that the power comes from within when trying to say is this that the redneck greater than the role that we play in the revolution is the role that the revolution placed in us is it a genuine power and force in our lives is Jesus not only someone that we believe in what is he someone that believes in us because the revolution of power is always first grader in the life of the individual before it becomes an outward manifestation of power in the lives of numbers accept one accepted to reports for you and for me the first revolution that we find in the New Testament church and that is the revolution of power but it is a power that is unknown to you and to me it is the power that we cannot comprehend and we cannot fully understand the disciples thought that when Christ was to leave that he was to establish once again in earthly kingdom and so they asked Jesus will you now restore this release is not for you to know the time but you shall receive power real power you will receive power when the Holy Ghost takes control of your life and in that power uses you to transform an entire world for the sake of Jesus Christ the conclusion of accept one the disciples are left with the daunting task of preaching the gospel newly established church preaching the gospel to the entire world and I often pause at the command of Christ and try to place myself in the place of the apostles and I can't help but think the Lord what would be going on in my mind if I was one of them if I was given the task with my friends to preach the gospel to the entire world how would I respond how is an uneducated unqualified group of people going to reach the whole world accepted to speaking in tongues from these is but a small glimpse of the answer that is ahead it is also God or Satan to draw you at all aware of the power of the inhabitants God the God who knows no challenge and has no limit of God 's concept of power we are not even able to fully grasp because when we grasp that these ungraspable miss of the power of God only then are we ready to experience in our own lives that revolution the Revolution of power accept three Peter and John in the song didn't tell a man on the way he asked for and on then he held out his bombs and this is what Peter did say Silver and gold have I not put that which I have July the eighth name of Jesus of Nazareth rise up and walk the Bible says that this man when walking and leaping and praising God Revolution of miracles verse eleven says this is a lame man which was healed held Peter and John all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon 's greatly wondering and when Peter saw it he answered up to the people you men of Israel why marble yet this or widely lucky so earnestly on us as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob the God of our fathers has glorified his son Jesus whom you delivered up and denied him in the presence of Pilate when he was determined to let him go why Marvel at miracles the reason is because we don't understand the power of the revolution of miracles here we find several lessons for our contemplation three of them that is this that as certain as God 's desire to make people believe in him as certain as we are of God 's desire to make people believe in him so is his ability and his willingness to work miracles today for you and for me we live in a society today what were afraid of miracles where we are afraid to experience the miracles of Jesus Christ but when Peter and John with the prey that were not afraid Jesus Christ perhaps the reason why we do not experience the revolution of miracles which the early church clearly had it because we don't understand the importance and the willingness of God to work on our behalf in our lives today for you and for me the Bible says it as a result of Peter 's miracle and John's miracle that more people were baptized and added to the church in Peter 's sermon itself lesson one is a God is willing to work miracles today we need to believe that lesson number two assisted miracles are designed to bring attention from us to Jesus that is the purpose of miracles lesson number three is this that we have not because we are not willing to act I remember one I had my first pastoral assignment the upper Peninsula of Michigan beautiful place we went to workers meeting and my boss present at the conference said I'm been to make an effort to visit every single pastor in their home in the entire conference is over the past I was really excited I thought now this conference but we are so far away from the conference headquarters that it is closer for people to drive from Michigan's capital to DC than it is for me to go to the conference off it was cheaper for me to fly the workers meeting of the drive that's all for that so long for disincentives and so I was excited that the president was to drive all the way to visit me I said is wrong that economy to preach at all three of your churches so I was excited to begin our body gimp reach went to the first thirty percent we are on the way to the second as were driving he's driving his lighting shotgun we see a hitchhiker on the road I am facing now a moral dilemma if I think they attract rapidly the church anything am always late if I don't think a multicenter think I'm not the unlike godly enough this is going on my mind and I I look at him and I am a smart guy I think that at that time I was inspired and I said I'll to Gallimore what should we do and I think he is Lupus more than I am he said do what you normally do him in so I did what I normally do pass the guy up and then I thought to myself I've already lost my job might as well go back and do the right thing so I turned around the U-turn is even more late for church and I think the guy he jumps in the back seat and now things have gone from bad to worse something of myself glad to talk to describe Christianity because if I don't and so we have an awkward conversation for about forty five minutes till we reached the judge late egos and breaches and I stay back this guy to talk to him I give my card and I never hear from them again and I wonder to myself many times I have missed out on opportunities to witness a miracle because I was too busy or I was unwilling because of there's anything that we learn from the life of Peter in John chapter offered and accepted is this that the question does not need to look for miracles miracles or divine appointments or interactions between two individuals that have been perfectly matched by God himself take place all the time if you are willing to look for them and if I am willing to look for them I asked myself the question how many times have I passed up on miracle of Christ or divine appointment that Christ had for me because I was too busy or too scared and if there's anything that we learn from the revolution of miracles it is this God my friends has lined up for you and for me miracle upon miracle upon miracle to go past that we passed by because we are unwilling to explore it happens all the time we read about it all the time man comes knocking on the door the prisoners and praying that someone would come to their house and teach them about Jesus and yet we are unwilling to put God attacks I was working in New York City selling books door-to-door knock on the door no one can we knew someone was incisively kept on walking finally a little girl came to the door she said her mom could not come we asked why she said she was having a hard time breathing we open the door when inside a legal seminar topic on my want we saved her life that day if there was ever a miracle that I could think of that in itself is a miracle and there are many miracles that happen that are out there that we passed by all your favorite my friends if we are afraid of failure and if we are afraid of looking like fools we would never experience the miraculous power that the early church experiences that becomes a part of the very fabric it is the evolution of miracle there is another type of miracle that I want to talk about this evening is a third type of revolution sorry the revolution of witnesses accepted for verse five and it came to pass on the morrow that their rulers and elders and scribes and Anna Skype recently I fastened John and Alexander and as many as were the kindred of the high priest were gathered together at Jerusalem and when they had set them in the midst of intimates they asked by what power or by what name have you done this then Peter filled with the Holy Ghost seventh of them you rulers you rulers of the people and elders of Israel if this is a you sweetest baby examined the good deed done to this impotent man by what means he is whole be it known unto you all and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you crucified whom God raised up from the dead even by him does this man stand before you whole when I read this I get goosebumps because this is the same theater that in the same all just a little while before had denied his master with Percy but he is now a different theater because he has undergone a revolution in his personal life has been transformed from a child word to witness and the Bible says that this man Peter stands before this group of people this group of people stand before Peter knowing that this guy of the week out that what a appears that the unflinchingly preset we have done this deed by the power of the name of Jesus Christ crucified and the Bible says it is group of people is shocking is but a difficult position as they can harm Peter and the Bible says that they have taken note that Peter has been with Jesus Peter 's been with Jesus for more than three years and it is only now that we find those words recorded of him that they take note that he has been with Jesus it is a shame yet the same time it is a testimony to the mercy and grace of God verse thirteen Melanie saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceive that they were unlearned and ignorant Mandy Marvel and they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus verse eighteen and they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus the Peter and John answered and said to them whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than Judge E Morris twenty four we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard this was the same John that would later on ten these words I invite you to turn with me your Bibles for the book of first John chapter one that which was from the beginning which we have heard which we have seen with our eyes which we on our hands have handled on the word of life for the life was manifested and we have seen it and bear witness and show unto you that eternal life which was with the father and was manifested unto us that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you that you also may have fellowship with us and truly our fellowship is with the father and with his son Jesus Christ John says we cannot help but we would be witnesses to Jesus Christ did you know that being a witness is a revolutionary act I'm not talking about any witness but I'm talking about the type of witness that John and Peter were that is a revolutionary act because they are not just witnessing as someone would witness in court they are not just telling of an event that they saw and heard John later onset in which we have heard that is what we declarant to you but you see it is possible for someone to hear the word of Jesus yet at the same time never see his countenance is possible for someone to hear the word of Christ and yet at same time never be touched by the power I wonder how many times Jesus preached to the multitude and someone hard as they were passing by and left without being impacted in their personal life John is not just talking about a casual witness of someone who heard Jesus he said we didn't just stop with the hearings is that which we have heard but that which we have seen with our very own eyes but not just casually sitting him to Michigan now I have to drive to Ann Arbor it's a fun hour drive and drive on the highway and there's assigned it always catches my attention but I cannot tell you what signs as I can tell you it's about it's actually about revolutionary people but I forget the exact location because I'm driving so fast and try to concentrate on the road and on the cops that I miss the sign and the value of the power of that for all of the words even the why see the sign and even impacts me it's a casual Saint John said I didn't just see Jesus he says but I be held the difference between seeing and beholding as this my wife she's not the romantic type if I buy her flowers she will tell me why did you waste the money now secretly I really think that deep down inside she likes the flowers which is not the romantic type and so on sometimes romantic moments can be kind of awkward and so there are times when we will land I will wait until she falls asleep which doesn't take much and when she falls asleep and I know she is completely out I will look over and I will look at her face and I will look and look and continue to look and it's not awkward she's asleep and and I will behold I will behold her face sign it's not like hearing the word of Christ but not being impacted I will intentionally stare at the beauty of the face before me and marvel at the fact that I was able to trick her into marrying me before it was too late but John says on the witness to Jesus not just of the things that I've seen or heard or even be help he says these hands have handled the word of life on the front among his name is Willie is to kill me for saying this but when he was growing up he was a Chicago Bulls and one time he was at again baseball game and use one around Michael Jordan one of the most popular athletes of our time was using the bathroom and he did what every fanatic person that has lost his mind would do it with the second-floor bathroom be and there he saw Michael Jordan coming out of that and he tells me that he was able to touch Michael Jordan then he asked what happened next Willie and he said the security guard and this is a perfect illustration of the difference between touching and handling the touch Michael Jordan the security guards handled handled in him says that he is a witness that he has an person only intermittently handled Jesus Christ the greatest revolution at the early church experiences is that revolution the Revolution of identity looking at themselves as witnesses of Jesus Christ not just casual witnesses but intimate witnesses that have handled the word of life and he says that is what we share with the world and so we go back to the very beginning you will be my witnesses when the Holy Ghost is come upon you you will receive power and you will be witnesses to me for the entire world to the entire world witnesses of an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ you see more than a revolution of witnessing this is a revolution of love the love of God transforming the life of an individual so much so that the individual is willing to die for Jesus Christ and so we find these words desire pages two fifty one she who lost Christ the most will do the greatest amount of good there is no limit to the usefulness of one by putting self aside makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his hearts and lives a life wholly consecrated to God and men will enjoy the necessary discipline without complaining or fainting by the way God will teach them hour by hour and day by day you can be part of the revolution you will try on acts committed heart of the revolution that began in the book about the revolution of our can be a powerful question that experiences in your life the daily power of God to transform you from being a subpoena Saint you can experience the power of God come down here and into success you can experience of the power of God to work miracles in your life and the lives of others and most important and most powerfully of all you can experience the power of God to become in witness to the things of God that he has done in your life there are witnesses in this room tonight that experience in their personal lives the power of God and we don't have time to talking with you that started this ministry that you are a part of the day people want to be a witness for Christ so that but they said am willing to make this thing happen at all cost even if I put my parents credit card that's not me by the way that's James Kim easier somewhere you won't even see him but ECR frustration a doctor he in the Seattle area people were willing to put everything on the line for the sake of Jesus Christ they are here and you can be a part of that group of people if you have a yearning desire to experience Christ intimately and personally for yourself and closing on a make an appeal for you tonight first law is an appeal for the power of God working in your life you look to yourself and you say I don't have the power of the living God in my life tonight I want to make an appeal for you in your life you might think that God I live my life every day I go to the supermarket to go to a gas station I go to my classes I go to work on aware of the fact that the people that I work with that I encounter every day for people that God wants to save and I might be the missing link on the freight make an appeal for you third appeals can be to be a witness for Jesus you might save yourself up in a ministry for a long time yet I realize in my walk with God is not intimate I hear them all the time maybe every day I see him all the time maybe every day but I never handled Jesus alone make an appeal for you tonight that's Barnett supra father in heaven we look at the book of acts and indeed it is a revolution your church is a revolution you have placed us here at this time in Earth 's history to revolutionize the entire world to show the world the face in the love in the hearts of Jesus Christ himself the Lord how can we tell the world if we get our lives do not experience the power of God personally tonight is there someone here tonight it says God of my life I'm not experiencing power will failure can be done but I cannot live a life like that of Jesus but humility and arena be happy unless you live that life you want to say Lord give me power from on high a B successful in my walk with you give me power over myself over the waterways recognizing more than the need of power power in my life swallowed by seasons end a a is was reported as you are seeing a lysine supporting Seventh-day Adventist seems in her Bible and Christ centered Christian downloader does other resources visit us online she Wednesday when a and a and a and I


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