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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 6

Posted by heavensembassy on June 6, 2009

Have you Encountered the Incredible?

As believers, our lives should be demonstrative of our encounter. We should not be surprised when God performs the supernatural on our behalves. We should be used to the unbelievable in our lives.

Have you participated in the five elements of an encounter: Location, Enlightening Experience, Voice, Elevation, Responsibility.

  • Personally we may encounter the incredible in intangible Locations like our Finances, Grades, Health, Spirituality
  • And it generally leads to an Enlightening Experience in which we truly realize our dependence upon God, in finances we get broke, in grades classes get tough, in our health sickness may come, and in our spirituality sin births consequences
  • Then the Voice of God alerts us about the promise of God that we can access, and how He will supply all of our needs, how His grace is sufficient even in scholastics, how with His stripes we are healed, and how if we call on the Name of the Lord who died and was raised for us we shall be saved.
  • Then the Elevation of the Mind occurs and we see the world how God sees it. We may not have all of the money we want, but our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. We may not make the honor roll, but we are where we are by the Grace of God. We may not be completely healed now, but healing is occurring in my body and if it doesn’t fully occur on earth it will be completed in heaven. And in our spirituality we become endued with the mind of Christ, discarding the carnal and sinful mindset.
  • Then we have a Responsibility to let others know about our Encounter with the Incredible and rendezvous with Regality by our witness and service to others.

Have you Encountered the Incredible?

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Encountering the Incredible Pt.5

Posted by heavensembassy on June 5, 2009

In this portion of Acts 26, Paul talks to Agrippa and realizes that he is challenged to make a decision on how to respond to an Encounter with the Incredible! 

Acts 26 V.26-30 Paul then Addresses Agrippa

Agrippa’s father had persecuted Christians and his grandfather had tried to kill Jesus, but Paul is still bold in his message–he had been stoned, shipwrecked, and robbed according to 2 Cor. 11:24-26, so he was not afraid because he had had an Encounter with the Incredible. Agrippa says, “Do you believe you could persuade me in such a short time to be a Christian?”

Picture this: Agrippa sat between Bernice on one side, she represented no commitment having been married several times. And Festus was on the other side representing friends and prestige. And Paul stood before him in chains. So Agrippa had a seemingly tough decision to make to accept Christ. And Paul knew that an argument was not enough to convince Agrippa, because Paul had heard enough preaching to save the world, especially as he held coats as the Jews stoned Stephen.

But Paul does not respond that I hope my argument can convince, but rather he says, “I would to God that you and all these around were like me, [and have an Encounter with the Incredible.] Except for these bonds,” because I may look bound to you, but I have been set free by my Encounter with the Incredible, because whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

How do you respond to an Encounter with the Incredible?

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 4

Posted by heavensembassy on June 4, 2009

This post continues the series Encountering the Incredible. This post is about the last Element of an Encounter we see in Acts 26, which is responsibility. 

Acts Ch.26 V. 16b Responsibility

  • You become a Servant and a Witness of the Incredible.
  • As a servant you have a responsibility.
  • You can only be a witness to what you have encountered.

Paul immediately started preaching after his encounter.

 He didn’t know much—but he had had an encounter.  He couldn’t talk about the grandiose theology of justification, and predestination, but he could tell others what God had done for him.  It shouldn’t be hard to testify, you don’t have to know much, but you just have to tell others what God has done for you. The message of the cross then has a new meaning to you when you have encountered the Risen Christ. It is more than a story it is an experience, an incredible encounter.

The Responsibility of an Encounter with the Incredible…

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 3

Posted by heavensembassy on June 3, 2009

Continuing with the Encountering the Incredible post series. You can read the other posts to catch up with the message from Acts 26 about the Apostle Paul’s Encounter with the Incredible. Today we discuss a couple more of the Elements of an Encounter

Elements of an Encounter continued:

Acts Ch.26 V. 14,15 Voice of God

  • Jesus spoke in Hebrew or Aramaic so that Paul/Saul could completely understand that.
  • If Jesus has to speak English, Ebonics, or text message he will.
  • If he needs to shoot you an email, or facebook, or myspace God will speak to you.
  • Jesus was so serious about getting Paul that he came and visited him himself. He is also concerned about your experience.
  • He will send somebody to be his voice.
  • The Voice asks a question, “Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me, don’t you know that its hard to kick against the pricks.”
  • Ox goad—The ox goad was a long sharp iron tool used by farmers to cause an ox to move forward; however, the animal would typically reply by kicking against the tool, which actually would drive the goad in harder hurting the animal more than ever.
  • Similarly, God is calling you to a higher place and His Voice is eternally echoing in your being, and your resistance is only hurting you.

V. 16a, 18 Elevation of Mind

  • Though the glory knocked him down, Jesus still calls Paul up.
  • God is still lifting us despite our shortcomings, his grace is till available to a wretch like us.
  • An elevation of mind causes us to see things the way God sees them.
  • Paul thought that Gentiles were not apart of God’s covenant community; however, God charged him to see things the way He sees them.
  • Similarly God is calling us to look at sin and life the way He sees them. (e.g. God wants us to concentrate less on Flo Rida’s song and tasting the sugar of the lady’s lips, but tasting and seeing that the Lord is good and blessed is the one that trusts in Him!”)

Have You Encountered the Incredible?…

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 2

Posted by heavensembassy on June 2, 2009

Continuing with the message. When Paul was on the Road to Damascus he had an Encounter with the Incredible. Acts 26:12-18 show the Elements of an Encounter, and the next couple of days we will discuss them.

Ch. 26 V. 12-18 Elements of an Encounter

  1.    V.12  Location
  • I want you to realize that Paul was not en route to worship service or to perform a good deed.
  • God has a way of capturing our intention, we are not even truly thinking about Him.
  • When we are doing wrong, God has a way speaking to us.
  • Location does not have to refer to a physical geographical place, but it can refer to abstract places like, health, finances, and family.  

        2.    V. 13  Enlightening Experience

  • God gives Paul an experience that knocks him off his feet, and God wants to give you an experience that knocks you off your fee.
  • This is a bit of paradox, because it is in knocking Paul down that he was able to see God better. It is in our being knocked off our feet and falling back that draws us closer to God.
  • The Glory of God makes you cognizant of your real status.

                     Paul was blinded physically to demonstrate his spiritual blindness.

                     God manipulates our circumstances so that He can demonstrate His strength being made perfect in our weaknesses. 

Encountering the Incredible….

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Encountering the Incredible Pt. 1

Posted by heavensembassy on June 2, 2009

We will attempt to add a post everyday from now until the Lord says otherwise. This first set of posts is the outline of a message that has been divided up into daily pieces. So, I would encourage you to read the passages along with the outline that you may get a message from the Messiah and experience an encounter with the incredible! Here is a link to a Bible website to assist you in your devotion. http://www.biblegateway.com

Encountering the Incredible is a message that expounds on Acts 26:1-14, so it would be helpful to read that before going farther. The outline’s verses are from Acts 26.

So from the text we see from:

Verses(v.) 3-5, 10,11 What caused a man, Paul, who was a Pharisee, according to the strictest sect of Pharisees a man who killed Christians, ravished synagogues, cast his vote for Christians to die, one who Kanye West would ask “how could you be so heartless?” to say these great quotes:

Romans 5:8 God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died.

I Cor. 15 Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump

II Cor. 5:7 We walk by faith and not by sight

Gal. 5:22,23 The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, faithfulness, and temperance.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Colossians 2:9 In [Christ] dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

I Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout

1 Timothy 4:12 –Let no man despise thy youth but be an example…

2 Timothy 3:16-All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

What caused this amazing transformation in Paul?

He had an Encounter with the Incredible!

Introduction

—In Acts 26 Paul is on trial making case before King Agrippa II, Bernice, and Prefect Festus.

v. 8 Thesis of His Argument—Why is it incredible that God can raise the dead?

  • Paul speaks of his hope in a God who had done it before.
  • God had done even more marvelous events in the Old Testament than raising somebody from the dead (for example parting the Red Sea.)

V. 9 Paul does not judge the people for not believing but identifies himself with them.

  • We would be wise to do the same.
  • There is a rift in the Church between the Old School and the New Generation
  • Rather than judging clothing styles and music, older saints should remember when they were in there place with an afro, bell bottom pants, and a gold fish in the platform shoe, with 45 records of the OJs and Isley Brothers and Temptations who were not always singing, ”Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow!”
  • If we are to save a dying world we must be able to identify with them, Paul records that I became all things to all people that I might save some!
  • We have to be able to say, “I don’t agree, but I understand.”
  • There are so many ex-sinners in the church, we truly don’t have the right to look down on anybody.

Paul agrees that I was like you, but I was on the Road to Damascus…

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H.E.–Heaven’s Embassy

Posted by heavensembassy on December 30, 2008

Luke 17: 20Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (NKJV)

This is my first post. There are a lot of things that I want to say, but I believe I will begin with the purpose and meaning of this blog.  I am excited to be able to share with you the Kingdom of God. Speaking of a kingdom, when one thinks of a kingdom one imagines some type of government. A government according to dictionary.com is “the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed.” So the dominant theme of Jesus the Anointed One’s ministry–the Kingdom of God–can be understood as the form of rule by which God’s people are governed. Then referring back to the passage at the beginning of this blog, it is amazing how this heavenly government had invaded the system of this world without the religious leaders of the day even observing it. God’s heavenly kingdom is not of this world; therefore, without people knowing, Christ was expanding the governmental infrastructure into the hearts of the people.(Mark 4:3-20) So without a troop surge or an epic military battle God’s government was represented on the earth.  After thousands of years of sinfulness and hundreds of years of silence from the Lord, heaven again had representation on the earth, and Jesus, the epitome of the Kingdom, was sent as an ambassador of God’s love. His Body is the embassy through which God “was reconciling the world to Himself [receiving us into favor, bringing us into harmony with Himself].” (2 Cor. 5:19 KJV/AMP) For “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) So H.E.–Jesus the Anointed One–is Heaven’s Embassy. And now that Jesus has risen and ascended into heaven and given believers the promise of the Holy Spirit  1 Cor. 12:27 states that “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” “So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us.” (2 Cor. 5:20a AMP)

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