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The Joy of His Glory

The Templo Cristiano Missions Convention is going very well. Faith is growing for a year of effective missionary funding, praying, traveling, and living. God is good.

Our theme, “Receiving Holy Spirit Power, We Are Witnesses,” has been opening for us crucial lines of scriptural principles. It is a tremendous joy to be chosen by God to receive power, witness, and cooperate with Him in redeeming humanity. Further, the joy of living by faith is unparalleled. It is, in one way, rather simple; Biblical faith pleases God. Pleasing God produces deep joy.

Today’s talk is titled, “The Joy of His Glory.” Seeing the glory of the Lord upon his people produces abiding joy. We have been chosen by God for a life of faith and we live that life out in His glory.

God’s glory is a theme of mine when i travel and speak. My goal is to introduce my understanding (limited as it is) of God’s glory and spark the related Tabernacle Prayer movement in 100 countries during my life time.

Receiving the Holy Spirit’s Power, We Are Witnesses
The Joy of His Glory

Our convention theme has taken us to the joy of being chosen to receive the Spirit’s power, the joy of then living by faith, and now to the joy of experiencing God’s amazing glory.

It is in God’s glory that we have things to witness.

This is part of my journey with God.

1. I became aware that there is more in God than what I am experiencing.
2. I became hungry for greater depth in my Christian faith.
3. I longed for the supernatural that I see in several of our early Pentecostal brothers and sisters.

A Trail of God’s Glory

1. God’s Glory in the Garden. Genesis 3:8
2. God’s Glory on the Tabernacle. Exodus 40::34-36
3. God’s Glory on Solomon’s Temple. II Chronicles 7: 1-3
4. God’s Glory on Jesus. John 1:1-14
5. God’s Glory on the newly redefined temple, which is the fully devout follower of Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 3:16

Let’s track with the Glory of God through a variety of Bible passages:

1. The glory of the Lord at the birth of Christ. “And the Glory of the Lord shown around about them.” Luke 2:9
2. Wedding at Cana. John 2:11
3. The Resurrection of Lazarus. John 11
4. The Resurrection of Jesus. Romans 6:4
5. God’s supply. Philippians 4:19

As ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ we must revisit the ministry through the lens of the Glory of God. II Corinthians 3:7-4:18

1. Since the ministry that brought death and was engraved on stone came with glory, should not the current ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? Vs. 7
2. Since the ministry that condemns is glorious, should not the ministry that brings righteousness have more glory? Vs. 9
3. Since the fading glory was glorious, should not the ministry that lasts have a greater glory? Vs. 11
4. Do we follow in Moses’ example and place a veil over our once glorious faces so that our people can not gaze on our face while the glory is fading away? Vs. 12
5. Let’s allow the Spirit of the Lord to come and bring freedom from the hiding. Vs. 17
6. We will reflect God’s glory if we live with an unveiled face. Vs. 18
7. Being in his glory with unveiled faces produces transformation into Christ’s likeness. Vs. 18
8. We become people of ever-increasing glory. Vs. 18

Having received the Spirit’s power we realize, with Moses in Exodus 33:18, that it is useless to “go up from here” without the Glory of The Lord.

As we “go into all the world, in the authority of Jesus, to make disciples of all nations, we go in the awareness of God’s great glory.

Truly it is “The joy of His glory.”

The Joy of Being Chosen

I am speaking at the Templo Cristiano in San Salvador, El Salvador. The theme of the convention is, “Having Received Holy Spirit Power, We Are Witnesses.”

My goal is to start the conversation with the absolute joy of Acts 1:8 being for us today. Almost unbelievably, God has chosen us to cooperate with Him in the redemption of mankind. We are co-laborers with God! WOW!

Following are my message notes.

Having Received Holy Spirit Power, We are Witnesses

The Joy of Being Chosen: God is Creating a People of His Own through Me

Have you ever wondered about the significance of your part of Christian mission? How do you have joy in the face of questions like…
• Is there any significance to my ministry?
• Could anything I do make any real difference?
• Does my faith promise pledge make any real impact?
• I have been a pastor at MCA Church for 29 years (1,508 Sundays). Does it make any difference at all?

Bad things happen when we lose sight of the significance of our part of God’s mission. When we lose the joy of being chosen…..
• We tend to give only part of our heart, soul, mind, and strength to the cause.
• We become mechanical and robotic rather than life giving and transformational.
• We save more of our self for our self rather than taking up the cross and giving our lives away for the cause.
• We lose the joy of the perceived risk of faith. Living within our limits removes the delight of seeing God come through.

God’s Bigger Plan Includes Creating a People of His Own

1. God is creating a people of his own in Adam and Eve. Genesis 1:26, 27
2. God is creating a people of his own in Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3, Genesis 22:15-18
3. God is creating a people of his own in the Holy Spirit through you and me! 1 Peter 2:9,10

There is great joy in knowing that God has included you and me in fulfilling His desire for Adam and Eve and His promise to Abraham by including us in creating a people of His own.

Paul calls the joy of being included in making a people of God’s own, “the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

1. Ephesians 1:3 Blessed with every spiritual blessing
2. Ephesians 1:4 Chosen by God to be holy and blameless
3. Ephesians 1:5 The advantage of being adopted into God’s family
4. Ephesians 1:7 Redemption through his blood
5. Ephesians 1:7 The forgiveness of sin
6. Ephesians 1:9 Knowing the mystery of God’s will
7. Ephesians 1:10 The advantage of unity with Christ and all things on heaven and earth

Now we have Biblical answers to our questions.
• Is there any significance to my ministry? Yes, God is creating a people of his own through me!
• Could anything I do make any real difference? Yes, God is creating a people of his own through me!
• Does my faith promise pledge make any real impact? Yes, God is creating a people of his own through me!
• I have been a pastor at MCA Church for 29 years (1,508 Sundays). Does it make any difference at all? Yes, God is creating a people of his own through me!

Great things happen when we remember that God is creating a people of his own through us:
• We tend to give all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength to the cause.
• We are not mechanical and robotic; we are fully life giving and transformational.
• We take up the cross and giving our lives away for the cause.
• We discover the joy of the living beyond our human limits by faith.

Full of Grace and Truth

My Tuesday evening message was intended to reflect the possibility that the “waves and breakers” that swept over the Psalmist in the 42nd Psalm, might be a combination of the crushing and energizing of the truth and the humbling and inspiration of grace.

As you read the concepts below, consider the glorious grace of the Loving Father in Luke 15, who, with glorious grace, celebrated the return of the wayward son.

The journey to consecrating our heart and our longings goes through the deeply emotional experience of lifting the veil to genuinely look at the truth of who we are.

Behind the veil we learn how much, like the Prodigal son, we have:
• Made our selves the center rather than God
• Drifted from Father’s House and into a distant land
• Lost awareness that our lives make sense and have a growing knowledge of the senselessness in which we live.

In the pursuit of “You desire truth in the inmost part” we see how brutal the truth can really be. Psalm 51

Maybe the challenging process of God working in our lives is what the Psalmist meant when he said, “all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7

John 8:36 Consecrating our heart and longings with truthfulness “sets us free indeed.”

Truth is designed to be accompanied by grace! John 1:14

As we consecrate our hearts and our longings by lifting the veil with truthfulness, we might expect similarities to the Prodigal son:
• I am embarrassed.
o I live among pigs
o I am senseless
o I am hungry
o I am not worthy
• I am afraid.
o The Father has every right to be angry with my behavior.
o The Father has every right to be filled with wrath toward me.
• I am guilty.
o I have sinned against heaven
o I have sinned against Father

Upon the truthfulness behind the veil we realize, I am embarrassed, I am afraid, I am guilty, BUT I have no other option but to head back to Father’s house. John 6:68

Father knows truth yet in His grace he has been scanning the horizon looking to show that He is full of grace and truth.

Maybe Psalm 42:7 isn’t just the brutal waves that break error from our lives, but swells of God’s grace. “All your waves and breakers swept over me.”

Let’s interview the Prodigal son who long ago returned to Father’s House. Long ago he lifted the veil in truthfulness, returned to Father’s House and consecrated his heart and his longings.

1. Prodigal son, was Father’s blessing a one time deal?

John 1:16 “From the fullness of his grace we have received one blessing after another.”

2. Prodigal son, does the weight of your past, the memories of “squandering your father’s wealth” knock you to the ground?

Romans 5:2 “through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God”

3. Prodigal, how did you find Father’s good favor? You didn’t have any money left to appease Him.

Romans 3:24 “and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

4. I suppose that even in Father’s House you could find that you barely make it.

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”

5. What do you do when you feel the call of the past to return to living selfishly, in a distant land, and in a senseless manner? Do you ever run out of strength?

2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

6. With the power of memory, do you ever feel like that poor, pig slop eating prodigal son?

Ephesians 2:7 “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

7. Isn’t this too good to be true? Aren’t you afraid this will suddenly end?

2 Thessalonians 2:16 “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,”

My altar call tonight is Hebrews 4:16“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Acts 20:32 “Now I commit you to God and the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctif

A Sacred Assembly

Following are message notes from my Monday evening talk at Cedar Park Church in Bothell, Washington. Pastor Fuiten is leading the congregation in a season of intense pursuit of God, His will, and His power.

A Veil and A Mirror
Cedar Park Sacred Assembly

In Joel 2:16 we learn that one of the priests Sacred Assembly functions was to “Consecrate the assembly.”

To consecrate is to declare a place holy.

Today, we declare all the members, participants, and people under the influence of Cedar Park Assembly, all ministries, and all of Cedar Park Assembly’s assets, resources, and facilities as holy unto the Lord.

We make this declaration based upon the Person and nature of God. 1 Peter 1:15, 16

For me, the greatest challenge is the consecration of my heart and my longings.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18 we discover that we are, in part, mirrors of God’s glory.

Once in proper alignment with the light of God’s glory, my task is to unveil my face.

The consecration of my heart and my longings, so that I may reflect the Lord’s glory, requires, what David identified in Psalm 51:6, “truth in the inner parts.”

Personally, the narrative of the Loving Father in Luke 15 helps me lift the veil I build over my own heart and longings and gives me a glimpse into me.

1. Is the essence of my heart and longings God or me?
a. The son’s key concept in verse 12 is “my.”
b. He moves to “I have sinned against heaven and against you.
2. Are my heart and longings at home in Father’s House or in a “distant country?”
a. In verse 13 he “Set off” for a distant country
b. He “set off” from his own father’s house.
3. Do my heart and longings make sense or are they senseless?
a. The son was senseless, especially in 14-16
b. He comes to his senses in 17.

In consecrating my heart and longings, I must lift the veil and truthfully declare, “My soul finds rest in God alone.” Psalm 62:1, 5

It is not my soul finds rest in God and ____________ My soul finds rest in God alone!

Truthfully, I must lift the veil of my heart and confess that, like the prodigal son, I am not satisfied with Father and Father’s House and that I look elsewhere for fulfillment and well-being.

When I come to my senses and realize that, with Psalm 62, “my soul will only find rest in God alone,” I quickly join the passionate pursuit of David’s next Psalm, Psalm 63, and out of the deepest part of my being I yearn, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. “

MCA Church 2012-2013 Ministry Year Conferences

The MCA Church plan for your life is (smile) one weekend worship gathering each week, one LIFE Group session each week, one place of serving each month, and one conference each year.

Following are the conferences we are suggesting for our 2012-2013 ministry year (September 2012-August 2013).

2012-13 Conferences

Association of Related Churches All Access April 15-18, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida

General Council of the Assemblies of God August 5-9, 2013 in Orlando, Florida

Holy Spirit Conference January 13-16 and Hispanic Holy Spirit Conference January 17-20 at MCA LIVE

Men’s Conference Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 2013 at our Campgrounds near Wasilla, Alaska

Women’s Conference February 7,8, 9, 2013 at MCA LIVE

Married Life Conference (Dates not available at press time)

Youth Conference (Your choice)
October 25-27, 2012 in Anchorage
August 5-9, 2013 Fine Arts Festival in Orlando, Florida

Young Adult Conference September 14-16, 2012 at our Campground near Wasilla, Alaska

Holy Land Tour October 24-November 5, 2013