Church in Owensboro | January Message

Church in Owensboro Wye river city, it’s january, it’s the first of the year everybody’s thinking about new year’s resolution and we’re starting our series called grow here. I am at the gym. I try to come to the gym about 4 times a week, because there’s some parts of me I want to shrink and there’s some parts of me. I want to grow. Some people talk about. What’s the what’s the toughest piece of equipment to use at a gym, some people hate the squat rack. Other people like me, i, hate, cardio, but i-think the toughest piece of equipment to use in the gym is probably the front door. Church in Owensboro You can get through the front door. You got 95% of the issue already defeated. You know today, it’s cold today, I haven’t been feeling great, but I’m still here through the door. If you’ll get through the door spiritually get through the door prayer get through the door, breeding get to the door fast I guarantee you you’ll begin to grow. This january I believe and I’m praying that you have a greatest growth you’ll ever havetoday pastor brian. We bring you at the awesome message on fasting called fast. Forward join us for part. 2 of our groceries for pastor brian will have a message on prayer. Called prayer can change your world come on. Let’s give the lord a handclap today. Can we do that? Come on jesus a good hand, clap come on as well happy, new year? Why don’t you turn your neighbor and tell him to say you’re lucky to get to sit by me today? Let him know that and tell your other neighbor you got through the door. Just tell him. You got through the door in 2014. It’s going to be good. Why it’s so good to see I’m pumped that you didn’t let the snow that haven’t got here yet keep you from coming out, and you know what I hear this is going to be like a book of revelation. Snowstorm are trumpets blown in the heavens, seals have been broken and we better run for the hills is what people are saying. So you don’t have to live in fear. Somebody say amen to that. Come on how many think we can live by faith living in fear? Hey man will live through a snowstorm people live in colorado they live in montana. We are going to make it look at your neighbor’s i. Believe you’ll make it you won’t. You won’t freeze to death not to let you die this week. Alright, hey amen and it’s it’s a 2014. It’s a new year and you don’t know what we’re talking about we’re talking about growing everybody say grow. You know, i, believe that god’s design and god’s will for all of our lives is that we might grow spiritually that we might become more like jesus, that we might become better christians, better examples of who he is in the earth and I believe it. Our god wants us to grow even more than we want to grow. Our god is for us more than wherever for ourself he’s, that kind of god and I believe. If we put our our our heart and our mind to it and give ourselves just a little bit to the grace of god, we can have the best 2014 the best year that we’ve ever had and I know what it is to not grow at times. I know what it is to have. Let myself go back or do you just saw the video where I talked about going into the gym? Well, what got me going into the gym physically? Last year? He is a jessie. Now we went out to to a board meeting we’re on the board of life impact internet. Church in Owensboro Many of you know lana vasquez, who helps rescue kids, who are at risk for the sex slave trade. One of our biggest missions are outreaches that we support financially also with manpower i, also know ron and layla thompson from our congregation there there and we were at. We were to board meeting for that. Then after the board, meeting I preach to the church and la got done preaching and I just felt so terrible finally went to the doctor and got to the doctor notice. Church in Owensboro My ankles are swelling and found out that my blood pressure was it like stroke level, c, I’d, stop growing or actually I was really grow in an area, mainly my midsection, and it affected me to a point where it put my whole life at jeopardy, 35 years of age with stroke level, blood pressure, and it woke me up. I got to do something about this. What did I do I started getting through the door went through the door until finally, my pant size went down several pant size changed some weight body started change in and out. Church in Owensboro My blood pressure is back down almost perfect. Somebody give the lord I hand, clap for that I’m excited about that. Cuz I want to live past 50. How I want to I want to live a long time. I want to make it way up into my 80 somewhere. I want to be an old man when I get old, I’m going to grow. My hair out the ponytail, might have a santa claus got a beard and I’mma wear sunglasses all the time, whether it’s day or night, cuz I won’t quit pastor and then I can look like I want to a hillbilly redneck. It’s going to be fun for me and jesse you’re, going to love that jesse’s going to be awesome. So listen, listen, growing! Is this it’s getting through the front door, everybody say get through. The door meant toughest thing about about the gym. It’s not the squat rack, it’s not the treadmill! It’s not that it’s the front door, it’s the motivation to move and to go. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro That’s, true in the physical sense. It’s also true in the spiritual sense. Jesus said this jesus said:i am the door of the sheep. Jesus is the way to come through and listen he’s calling us all to himself. He wants us to grow more than we want to grow. Church in Owensboro He’s calling you this morning, there’s an invitation and there’s this link and the bible between spiritual training and physical training. You’ve got it on your hand, out at the ushers, passed out the handouts to you. Yet you got your hand out. If they haven’t, you can bring those handouts out. I want you to look at it. The first scripture I have them at handout. Is 1st timothy chapter 4, verse, timothy, chapter 4 and verse 8? This is in the new living translation paul says this. He says physical training is good, everybody say good, but training for godliness is much better promising benefits in this life and in the life to come physical training is good. It makes sense, makes you feel better when you feel good physically. Let your body go and other parts of you start getting affected, and it’s going to help us in this temporal. World pulse and physical training is good, but then he says, but but virtual training for godliness is better. He calls it training, that’s something you have to consistently do something you’re working at something you’re. Church in Owensboro Putting some effort into spiritual training is better everybody say better man. It says, spiritual train doesn’t just help you in this life, but it helps you in the life to come. When we work on herself physically, we get paid back in this life. Spiritually. We get paid back for eternity again and again and again and again it never nc spiritual fitness. It matters we all the work at will to come to the door so that we can grow you don’t back. In 1998, I gave my life to the lord in my life, so radically changed. 9899 was one of those were my life, so radically change from just darkness to light people would come and they would ask me people that knew me from my past. What in the world happened to you? How did you change like this? The answer what I would give them is pat after I gave my life to jesus was well every time the door was open to the local church. Every time that was services every time. I was worth every time there was somebody preaching. You know what I did I got through the door. Now remember, I would come and I would sit down on the front row. I would have been sitting front left about where jesse is right now, I would come and sit right there and I want to hang on the words of life being preached from the bible and little by little bit by bit. Moment by moment, I started changing on the inside, I became bigger in the spirit and what was on the inside of me started working its way to the outside of me change my attitude change my lifestyle. Some of those old habits I had started falling off. It started getting built, listen if you come through the door you can grow. You ought to give your neighbor hand clap this morning for just getting through the door when it’s when it’s a little nasty outside I believe you’re growing right now in jesus name. So here’s the way I want you to see the door. What is the door? Here’s one of your next blanks there you need to see the front door. You need to see the front door as an invitation, see the front door, see the door, don’t see it as painful sit as a invitation to the invitation to get greater an invitation to grow an invitation to live the upper life with jesus limitation to become a bigger person and invitation to become more christ-like an invitation to to live up on the mountain instead of in the valley. All the time we want to see the door as an invitation. Listen jesus is inviting you to grow today. Consider it like this. You received a card in the mail and it says on it that the alpha and the omega have requested your presence at such-and-such a time every day to come and hang with him he’s told you what to wear he’s told you when to be there, the only what you to rsvp and show up and you’ll grow seen it is an invitation, don’t see the front door, see the front door as an opportunity. Everybody saying opportunity:man, we got an opportunity to grow, see god’s love and his grace. What does he do? He provides all of us with opportunities. It’ll. Take us further faster, take us down the road to crow he’s giving you an opportunity, his gift to you as opportunity. Now, our gift back to him is what we do with every opportunity that comes our way. I, don’t believe it. Our god is obligated to us past opportunity. He eat he’s promising opportunity. Now you have to you, have to take that opportunity and make something out of it. The last thing, I would say, is stop seeing the front door as an obligation, stop seeing it as an obligation, I used to see spiritual growth and things that I needed to do to become more, like jesus, be at prayer bit reading bit fasting, whatever I saw it only as an obligation, all love ribbon, and it becomes not not not something birth by the spirit, not something life-giving, but something that seem like a beating any of y’all ever started. One of those read the bible in a year plans and you were strong for the first 3 days to january 3rd, you to read the first 12 chapters of the bible. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro Somebody read genesis 1 through 12 the first three days every year for the last 20 years, and then you drop that read through the bible in a year plan. You see it as an obligation, you’ll never get through it. You see it as an opportunity can become something that gives you life I used to see prayer like that years ago, guys used to teach on our prayer. There’s this passage where jesus says to his disciples, could you not tarry with me even one hour, don’t know what passage I’m talking about out there and I learned about the hour of prayer, and it became not something life-giving to me, but it became something that was obligation back then. Every morning I would get up and I felt like if the sun was up and you were praying you’d already missed the window, you had to get up early. Church in Owensboro Where would be painful? You know that was my mind, but my world beautiful in every morning I will pray 30 minutes in the spirit, 30 minutes in the understanding it was just obligation. Listen, don’t see what god’s, given you as an as a front door in an opportunity as an invitation as an obligation see his presents as a source of life. Hey man see his presents as his goodness his presence as his mercy see his presence as an extended arm to you. Drawing do unto himself come on. Our god is inviting us, let’s see it as opportunity and not obligation. Somebody give the lord a handclap today our god is good, hey man, here’s here’s! One of the things I think you should see is an opportunity. Tomorrow, we’re going to start as a church, a 21-day fast, all right. There’s somebody excited about it. I paid him before the service to do that. Lol, I’m 50 right now it was it cost me. $50 know before you freak out about a 21-day fast I want to tell you I’m going to talk to you about different types of fast. So, look at your neighbor and say:don’t freak out, don’t don’t don’t freak out, you’ll be alright. Church in Owensboro Okay and here’s. The next thing I want you to write down. One of the lost christian practices. Is that a fasting one of the lost christian practices is that a fasting fasting is something that provides spiritual growth at another level. It really does. Let me show you what jesus said about fasting now fasting been in the bible from the beginning, all the way genesis on through you can find fasting old testament, you can find fast. Ancient juice fast did jesus talk about fasting early church fasted to read through church history, I’m a church history minor all of the heavy hitters in the early church. They weren’t they weren’t the desert fathers they all of the revivalists. Church in Owensboro They fasted people who started things like the jesus movement of the charismatic movement, all the stuff that changed our nation in the last few decades, most of them fasting fasting is a christian discipline while releases power in your life. Here’s what jesus said:matthew chapter 6 verses, 16 through 18. This is in the new king james version. He said this more over when you fast everybody say when you didn’t say:if you, what do you say when you fast do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance play disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men to be fasting, but surely I say to you, they have their reward, but you, when you fast anoint your head and wash your face so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but your father, who was in the secret place and your father, who sees in secret, will reward you openly first thing:i see here is jesus, didn’t say:if you fast, he said what church did he assume that all of us would practice fasting? All of us to call him our savior would be people who, from time to time, would lay down or necessary brett to connect with him at a new level. Now, in this text, jesus is rebuking a group of people who are present it in in the in the culture at the time, the pharisees and sadducees, when they would fast, they made a big deal out of it, so that everybody would know that they were plastic. Church in Owensboro They would bark their faces literally so people could see. This is a person who is fasting and they wanted to be super spiritual and they wanted to be home earlier than now and they wanted to get spiritual kudos for being on the, fast and jesus rebukes them for being like that, because jesus is not a big fan of super spiritual, religious nuts, he doesn’t like them, as matter fact he’s harder on them than anybody. He says when you fast. Don’t do it like these guys says when you fast, you can be discreet. Church in Owensboro You can be secret and god who sees in secret when you’re a person who worships him and see if he will reward you openly i, like the idea of my god rewarding me openly done. That sounds good god, rewarding you in an open manor for what you do secretly, but lots of people taking this text him we’re doing a corporate fast. Does the next thing I’ll say he is this? Is the next fill in the blank? The early church also practiced corporate fasting everybody corporate corporate fasting? That means the whole church would come together and fast, even after jesus’s statement about not doing it to be seen by men been all throughout the book of acts. It talks about the church and it says and when they had fasted and prayed. So it’s okay to fast together as a church, jesus isn’t address the fact that nobody can ever know that you’re fasting he’s addressing a religious spirit that was on the sadducees and the pharisees and I remember early on. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro We would, we would say, hey we’re going, have a corporate fast and some people come to me and say:are you can’t do that? Nobody can know when your fasting I might know, I understand why you think that? But if you read through the book of acts you’ll, find out what the church fasted together a lot in the book of acts and because of that they were a people of power. What we’re going to do is we’re going to take some time in the beginning of 2014, starting tomorrow, going for 21 days and we’re going too fast and I believe it when we fast the favor of god, going to be released on our life in a supernatural manner. I believe there are wheels going to line up with his will add a new level through the next 21 days, I believe it’s carl, simple human nature, to be crucified in the next 21 days, I believe in the next 21 days, when I become more like our savior, who laid down his life that we might be. Let me make one with him:that’s what a fast will do for you, it’ll change! You it’ll make you a different person. Some of this world will fall off of you and something from another world will come upon you in the next 21 days. Here’s some types of fasting. You got this sheet in front of you. I want you to tell you about some types of fasting that you can find in the bible. The first type of fast that I see in the bible or one of the thought is a total fast. Nobody said total fast matt moses went up on the mountain, with god for 40 days and 40 nights, and he did not drink water and he did not eat food for 40 days now. Church in Owensboro My suggestion to you is unless the mountains on fire and god is giving you holy tablets, you better drink some water or we’re going to be doing your funeral in about a week. That’s what’s going to happen. So I don’t suggest this. Unless you’re like on a mountain till with fire and god, is there and you see him face-to-face one of the only people in the bible that went for for 40 days, no water, no food, no paul, 14343 and I believe in the book of acts. She did not eat, nor did he drink for 3 days and that’s about the limit on a total fast-setting kind of fast I seen the bible is a water fast and that’s. Where are you restrain yourself from food and you only drink water jesus went out in the wilderness for 40 days at the beginning of his ministry. You can read about this in the gospel went out for 40 days. At the end of those 40 days, the devil came in tempted him in the bible says that he been in the wilderness for 40 days. He had not eaten anything, and then he was hungry I’m going to come bet. He was very hungry 3 days without food and salt, so there’s a water fast and it could be at various links where you only drink and you do not eat their people into the sound of my voice in this room. I’ve never done a 40-day fast, but they’re people in the church have done 40-day fast right. Here, I can think of one guy that was going for 40. He did 30 days of fasting and he broke his fast cuz. He thought he was starving to death or something he felt bad about. It went back like a week later and fasted for another 40 consecutive days and I’m like 5 minutes. Like you look terrible, you got to go, get a get. A physical I want to make sure you lived through this fast and I’m, like I’ll pay for your physical. If you could get one and he went and got one and after all that time, but they checked him out. Doctor checked him out said you’re in better health than almost anybody that comes in here. Listen, i, say all that to say you can pass a lot longer. Then you think you can help me know. Most of us could make some money over to and we’re going to live and not die. Come on. This is america a man. Look at you never say you’ll, be alright. Just tell him that you’ll be on his check with your doctor. If you got any kind of health issues before you do something radical like that and make sure you’re okay, you know you got to check, check yourself out, no know. What’s up next time, I see you in the in the bible is a partial fast. Nobody said a partial fast, you know parcel fast can be something somebody’s I see people. Do these a couple of different ways, something somebody’s laid down that they’re not going to eat this certain thing or or they’re going to lay this down. Sometimes I know some people that wouldn’t eat anything until the sun went down not eating during the day. It’s a it’s, a it’s a partial fast. So the things you can you can fast, partially fourth kind of fast i, see in the bible is a daniel fast daniel fast daniel in the book of daniel, an answer from god. So he said his face to prayer and fasting for 21 days. That’s where we get. The number 21 by the church is going too fast for 21 days and any fasted for 21 days and here’s what daniel fasted on his fast. He ain’t no pleasant bread. That means, if the red lights on at the krispy, kreme donut shop, you avoid the red light at krispy. Kreme is press, wasn’t bread. Somebody say amen to that. So it’s like no, no bread! No, nothing! That’s good! Like that. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro Second thing:he was no meet, everybody say no meat, no steaks! No hamburgers! No hot dogs not know any of that. None of that in a daniel fast dirt thing is daniel, drink no fruit of the vine, so nothing good to drink. Also, he would would have drink wine back in the day light like the other jews. Did he like all of that stuff aside and he devoted himself to prayer for 21 days. It should be interesting. Is it for 21 days when daniel began that prayer in the the god released an angel with his answer from the heavens and that angel was coming to bring daniel his answer in the bible recorded? There was a demonic force that fought against that angel in the heavens and for 21 days, while daniel was praying and fasting that angel prevailed and came and brought us answer. I believe a 21-day fast can often give you supernatural significant breakthrough in your life, unlike you’ve ever experienced before now experienced that myself for 18 months, 18 months of chronic ear infections and in almost constant ear pain, not prayed, i, believe god or gods a healer, but I wasn’t getting getting through and after 21 days after 21 day fast, god healed me of ear pain and constant ear. Infections in my ears have been different up in a different man. Ever since. I believe there’s there’s power with that real power subway the building you’re sitting in right. Now we couldn’t get a church building back in the day, man we were looking for an answer. The church was growing, we didn’t have anywhere to how’s the move of god and many of us fast, and we would fast for 21 days did a lot of them back then, and I believe that this church that we said in it, it’s a part of the answer for people praying and fasting there’s power in a fast right here on your on your sheet, but here’s another something I found in the bible that if it can be a part of a fast and that’s a that’s, a sexual, fast and paul said this first 1st corinthians chapter 7. Church in Owensboro He says this. He says if your married don’t withhold sex from your partner unless, during a time of fasting that you’ve, you agree to withhold sex during that. Of time now. This is not something I’m going to pass on that, but this is some of you single people. You want to be on your to be on the sexual fast anyway. Somebody say amen to that huh. You know your animals control yourselves. A men wear christian folk around here, but that that’s something else that that I’ve seen that is is a fasted in the in the bible say about fasting. I’ve got a couple minutes. Let me close with this first thing. I’ll say about fasting is up with that. Fasting puts a different edge on your life or spiritual ads on your life. It’s like a way of sharpening your axe and you can take a baseball bat. Try to cut a tree down with it. You know, what’s going to happen, you’re going to break her hands, at-bats going to bounce off at 3, you’re going to work and work and work and you’re not going to get any forward progress. But if there’s an image on an ass-and he asks is sharp, you take that acts land in that tree and you can get somewhere there’s been times in my life, where it’s like. Church in Owensboro My edge has grown taller than one of the best things out of it. I know what to do with my edge gets. Dog is out going fast, put the edge back on my life, and it’s like the presence of god. The anointing, the voice of god, becomes more real and more close to me as a fast and things that I’ve been fighting to get done and been beating against the tree forever. With a bat once I fasten that edges back on my life been stuff, starts falling down at my feet again, I believe the next 21 days is going to put an edge on your life. Unlike you ever had before. Second thing, I’ll say about fasting. Is that fasting? It it put you in a place to operate in a higher level of spiritual. Authority. Put you in a place to operate in a higher level of spiritual authority in mark chapter 9, verse, 29 about the disciples of jesus they’re, trying to cast the devil out of somebody. You know in the bible talks about people getting demon possessed by the way in 2014 people still get devils. Church in Owensboro Did you know that they’re still demons out there in the earth in the bible says you can cast devils out of people in the name of jesus? Disciples were working on this guy trying to get the devil out of them and they couldn’t get it out. Jesus shows up and he rebukes them. He says:what’s up girl, first generation and then jesus cast the devil out of the guy, the disciples come to jesus and they say why could we not cast out that devil jesus said this kind only comes out by prayer and fasting see fasting takes you to a level where you can change things in the spirit and fasting takes you and put you in a different level of authority, I’m going to tell you in america right now. We need some people with a different level of spiritual authority, arlandis chrome darker than it’s been in years and years and years, and we need somebody with a fasting edge and an authority on their life to drive back some of the works of darkness and the loose the gospel message again and clarity and power amen. We need that third thing I know about fasting. It does this, it shuts off the distractions of this world. Church in Owensboro

Church in Owensboro You noticed this world is full of distractions, just full of it. I mean I paying for the scratches out of paper, cable internet service on my phone for distractions and instructions they come in. They take your eye off of the main. What fasting says is:is this world this world is not my god. This world does not own me. This world does not control me. This world is no longer my master. My belly is not my master. My appetite is not my master. The dinner table is not my master I serve, but one master. His name is king jesus and he’s the only one I’ll kneel, my my my my leg to call bob bell my head to see fasting. It cuts out the distractions taking time when you would be hanging out, talk and eating preparing and just focusing on god’s gamechanger. Here’s. What I want to encourage some of you to do I want to encourage you for the next 21 days to figure out. What do you want to do? What do you want to fast, real, fast together, corporately? What I believe I believe the guys going to put new edge on our lives? Put new heads on this church I believe in miracles are going to happen in your families, in your finances and in our city. I’m with this church is going to another level, 2014 going to be better than our 2013 and we’re going to go upward and onward ever hear of our lives I’m, with the guys going to put an anointing here, I’m going to see more people say more people, heal people filled with the spirit more lives put back together. More at accept, 3 I’ll, believe it when we fast and pray god begins to move, hey man, what you stand up on your feet with me:i want you to stand up about your head for one moment, but I’ll talk to you. What do you want me to do dog for the next? Do this next 21? What do you want me to do? Do you do you want me to maybe some of your might be faster meal? Today show me, you make me want to do a daniel, fast I’ll, tell you what I’m doing I’m doing all kinds of fast throughout the years, but what I want to do this time as I’m not eating any meat, any pleasant bread, I’ll, be I’ll, be eating fruits and vegetables, and because I’m going to keep working out a little drink a little protein just a little bit here and there that’s what I’ll be doing for the next 21 days, daniel stahl fast. What? What? What would? What would you? What would you god have you do, or what do you want to do? Just close your eyes talked to god for a moment see if he got your direction. What do you want to do to grow in god,? This is a time where we’re just going to focus on growing for this this month next 21 days, but we’re going fast, going to be incredible, so I’ll be able to do a 3-day water fast. You’ve, never done anything like that. You might want to try that somebody it it. It may be fasting, something else, a partial, fast, here’s. What I want more than I want a commitment from what you’re going to do. You proclaim a fast decide. What you’re going to do on the front end is that want to know who will participate in some shape or form for the next 21 days. I want you to raise your hand right now. Let me see you now what I got a video of this? We write your names down the control room right now we got you know, I’m playing with you through this going to change your life i, want you to work out what you’re going to do for the rest of the day and then I want you to write it down once you write it down on a piece of paper where you have what you going to do your timeline, how long you’re going to be on this fast and we’re going to proclaim it from do it now or tonight? What I’m going to do is I’m going to get it on eating everything. I, like it’s going to be almost gluttonous tonight in my house, pray for your pastor, but tomorrow morning will start will start this fast and end to help you out help you grow spiritually for the next 21 days. There’s going to be daily devotions on the website. I’ve got my blog on the website will be a daily devotion to help you everyday. If you’ll go there it’ll also be on our facebook river city church facebook in both of those places, something for you to read to help. You grow spiritually during this phase for the next 21 days every day, but sunday sunday you come here. You’ll get your devotion here been this this first wednesday night of this month, I’m going to be teaching on the daniel fast this next wednesday night. Just to hear in a few days also next week will have what prayer and worship on wednesday night we’re going to pray and worship together. The following wednesday night, dr. Bob rogers, will be here pastor. The second largest church in the state of kentucky is probably one of the largest worldwide voices on prayer and fasting. You don’t want to miss that here’s. What I want to do, I believe that god is going to do supernatural things for you. I want to pray over you before we get out of here today, man I’m pumped january is going to be massive. Let’s pray, father I pray in the name of jesus christ of nazareth for the people under the sound of my voice, I declare and decree that we’re going to grow spiritually in the next 21 days in the next month. Church in Owensboro

We’re going to another level I say we’re going from faith to faith from glory to glory from strength-to-strength body club the spirit of god, the presence of god, the anointing of god is going to become so real to some of these people, it’ll be like a different world there, living in I believe it there prayer times will be sweeter. How many the god’s voice will become clear. The direction for their life will be set before them. Some of them said i, don’t know what to do. I, don’t know what to do will come out to the next 21 days and safe now, I know what to do. This is the way I must go and the path will be clearing. The path will be short and god’s hand will lead you down if I declare it lord I thank you for these people, I speak growth, grace and strength over them in jesus, mighty, mighty name, I pray, amen, amen, amen, Church in Owensboro