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April 11, 2021 12:01 am
Carter Conlon from the historic Times Square Church in New York City.
I will be honored through my life. I want you to use me as a key to unlock prison doors.
That is the cry that produces a forward motion. That is the cry of the heart. This is God I trust you and everything I need.
I don't have to steam this plan this out enough to strategize Carter, from Times Square Church in New York City with a preview of a message titled, the forward motion of faith.
Glad you're with us today on a call to the nation in this week's message Carter will reveal if a life is to be supernaturally used of God. The hallmark of that life is simple trust in God and those who trust in God are the ones God will use. Now let's discover more about trust and faith. Carter, thank God for this moment in history where we get an opportunity as pastor Tim delete our senior pastor is been talking about two to get into the word and to begin to pray and I heard Pastor Tim say recently that we have to become the supernatural people again and I believe that with all my heart, the kingdom of God is not advanced through human strategy or human ingenuity, the kingdom of God is advanced by ordinary people like you and I and in this case tonight. It's the addicted. The afflicted to press the that the Harding the nobodies, nothings of society. God is going to raise up one more time and as you begin to read his word and begin to talk to him.
He's going to start talking to you and is going to raise you up out of weakness and give you strength and take you in the places to do things that you never believed you could ever do that will bring glory to his name because you know and others will know that only God could have done this through you. So take heart.
I believe that in our generation.
No matter how dark it looks. It's going to be exactly as it was in the beginning God's going to take this whole group of failures in our generation of those who know they need a Savior and is going to raise up an army one more time to bring glory to his name and you're going to be part of that arm and son not speaking to anybody online tonight is if you're addicted and afflicted impressed and then imprisoned in all of these other diagnoses that you'd want to place on yourself and others would want to put on you as well.
I'm speaking to you as the victorious army of God that he's going to raise up in this last generation to stand in the strength of God and you going to do exploits. The Scripture tells us those who know their God.
Daniel said in these days I going to do exploits you're going to stand and God is going to do through you things that only God can do that he might receive all of the glory because he shares his glory with no neither and by taking you and I when we are in the position of weakness. We know that that only God could be doing this and we are very quick to give him the glory were not quick to touch it for ourselves tonight and go to speak to you from the gospel of day.
The epistle of James.
If you turn there if you have a device of some sort where you can get access to that and I'm going to talk to you about the forward motion of faith. What faith really is how faith is something that's beyond just learning or beyond just understanding Scripture.
Some people think that because they believed Scripture.
They have faith not necessarily so. You just have a mental agreement with the word of God doesn't mean that you're a person of faith. So father, I thank you tonight God for the anointing of your Holy Spirit. I thank you Lord for how you are moving your people forward. I thank you for prayer. I thank you for fasting. I think you for your word.
I thank you for faith. Thank you Lord that you're going to raise up an army all over this world and Army who are submitting prayer requests an army who feel unlovely and unworthy. In many cases, but it's in that on loveliness and unworthiness that you become everything to your people and you raise us up. Oh God, out of the ashes and produce something of beauty for your namesake and for your glory, God Almighty, I ask you for the anointing of your Holy Spirit Lord Jesus Christ. Don't let the sharing be just the accumulation of more knowledge let us move forward in faith, help us, my God, from this day forward never to be stagnant never to go backwards or standstill, but you always leading to something that brings glory to your name in your name alone and I thank you for in Jesus name amen James chapter 2 beginning at verse 14. I'm talking about the forward motion of faith. What does it profit my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works can faith save him. If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say you have faith and I have works.
Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well, even the demons believe, and tremble, but do you want to know a foolish man that faith without works is dead. Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar. Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works, faith was made perfect in the Scripture was fulfilled which says Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness and he was called the friend of God. You see the end of the man is justified by works and not by faith only, likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way for as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. That's a phenomenal statement that one line of Scripture as the body without the spirit of his dad, so faith without works is dead also see there's there's there's this erroneous thought that the accumulation of knowledge somehow in this or any other generation is actually faith but true faith is not statement to faith is not stand in one place. True faith starts moving forward into that which God is desiring to accomplish through the life that belongs to him see this what James is implying true faith moves into something that only God can do, and it it always moves into a mountain of fallen humanity and human need.
That's that's the point he's trying to make. Don't say you have faith if you're not willing to go into the work of God's if if you're not willing to be led by God into the places that only God can take you to do things only God can put in your heart to do, then don't declare yourself to be a person of faith. If that's not what your life is all about learning is not faith. Learning is a good thing. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. So it's wonderful to learn the word of God, but the word of God and communication with God leads us into a place where God is determining to do through us what he is destined our lives to be from the time we were conceived in our mother's womb, God had a plan for you and God had a plan for me and when faith comes into our heart we start moving towards that that plan. Paul the apostle warns us in second Timothy chapter 3 in verse seven that in the last days. Many of God's people will be characterized by this this one thing there always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth always accumulating knowledge but the knowledge never takes them to forward motion to that place where the knowledge of God should take us to wheat we are given as the Scripture says a new mind. Another was their new thoughts that God plants in her mind. Where were given a new heart wheat we start moving towards human need around us human condition.
We start moving into the actual work of God, which is the redemption of fallen humanity and were given a new spirit by the by God, which means that were given courage. Maybe that's not our own ability to hear the voice of God when he says this is the way walking in it. It is a wonderful thing to be a supernatural person in Christ. That means were taken out of the natural by the spirit of God were given faith to believe God by the word of God because the things that God speaks our true their eternal truths that they can't be taken away.
This is who God is.
Is is what God does in every life that will accomplish something for God moves towards its purpose by that which God supplies his appointment. I want you to think about what you're called to do. Every person is listening tonight. God has given you exactly what you need to accomplish it.
You don't have to add to it.
You don't have to take away from it. He knows what you need in the book of Esther. This young girl was raised up by God and planted in the Kings court sovereignly or a specific time in history. Truly amazing. But this young girl had to go through a test I believe. Before God could use her, and here's where the test really begins in Esther chapter 2 in verse 15 it says now when the turn came for Esther, the daughter of Abba Hill, the uncle of Mordechai. What taken her as his daughter to go into the king. She requested nothing but what Haggai the Kings eunuch custodian of the women advised in Esther obtain favor in the sight of all who saw her in. Esther was taken to King a house arrest in his royal palace in the 10th month, which is the month of Tibbett in the seventh year of his reign, the king loved Esther more than all the other women and she obtained grace and favor in his side more than all the virgins so we set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti and not I love the fact this was the initial test, God had a specific plan for Esther and she didn't add to that plan.
She didn't take away from that plan. There was a trust in this young girl's heart. She didn't ask. She didn't try to she didn't try to procure other things other than what was provided. What what it really tells me is that she said I'm in the hands of God and whatever God provides for me.
That's what that's all that I'm going to need to accomplish what he has called me to do.
You see a lot of people miss out on the plan of God because they scheme and they add things to the plan of God to the purpose of God into the things that God gives to accomplish what our lives are supposed to be in a life that will be supernaturally used of God. The hallmark of that life is simple trust in God I trust in God deleted in the Psalms with of of David.
You will see it all throughout Scripture. Those who learn to trust in God. They are the ones that God will use. We don't have to have a plan. We don't have to sit down and add to the to the work of God. We don't have to reach our handout to try to support the work of God that God's plan of God's provision is actually enough for each of us to move forward into the life plan that God has for us. Esther had no idea I don't shed no idea at the moment where she requires nothing to go in and her first encounter with the king. She requires nothing. She has no idea that her life is the life that's going to spare the lives of countless hundreds of thousands of her people.
She has no idea that she's going to be come a coregent with her husband one day and she's going to be rewriting the laws of death into laws of love shows no I Dia what God is about to do, but she trusts that she is in the hand of God and God is going to use her life for a divine purpose. If I can bring it to summation this particular thought.
This evening is don't add to what God has for your life and you don't have to figure it all out.
That's what makes a people, a supernatural people when God starts doing sovereignly through your life.
What only God can do.
You can't do it for yourself.
You can do it in yourself and it makes no sense to the natural man that that the person outside the kingdom of God. The ways of God are talking foolishness that particular person. Esther moves initially into this encounter with the king with a simple trust in her heart, and I believe that was the preliminary tests, not adding, not not scheming, not asking for for things that really she didn't need to do what she was called to do because later on she was going to have to go in again with the things that God had provided through prayers and through fasting she was going to have to go in and trust in simple intercession the hand of the king was going to move in her direction and the mercy of the king in the favor of the king was going to be given to her later on when she arranged the banquet to expose the enemy of God's people.
She had enough wisdom not to speak. The first night at the banquet but to wait for she had learned to trust in God and until God gave the word she was, not to speak until God unfolded the plan she was, not to try to unfolded herself. She could have done it so much sooner.
But see she was younger was simply learned to trust in God and that God will give me everything I need to do his work, and quite often it will appear to be foolish in the sight of natural people and maybe even in your own site. Think of David for moment when he goes down to the brook to pick five smooth stones out of a brook to fight against a 9 foot nine giant is been a warrior from his youth used was tip of the spirit alone weighs 15 pounds is wearing a coat of iron that was 125 pounds and he's going to fight against them with five little pebbles out of a brook, it would've seemed ridiculous, but it was what God had provided for the battle. Think of Moses heading out of into Egypt with his staff and his one line sermon and is his brother who is not even fully engaged in the things of God. Thinking this in the natural. This is ridiculous of gotta have more than this, surely, have I got a maybe contact some of my old friends in the palace and see if they can muster together at least some people with political influence or some kind of a ragtag army that we can put together took to make ourselves more of an imposing threat, we come before the throne of Pharaoh would know this minute it just a simple trust that the one line sermon and was sticking his hand and his older brother was going to be enough to defeat one of the largest and most powerful armies on the earth of his day, and bring millions of his own countrymen out of bondage and into freedom you think of Gideon heading up a mountainside and in groups of 100 300 of them altogether with his sword in a jar and a torch in her hand and nothing more of a battle plan. That's all he needed.
That's what God gave them for this battle. He gave them a plan to give them a sort give them a torch and give them a clay jar and said, you just do it my way and there's going to be a wonderful victory one against 135,000 Midianites that had come in prepared to fight and prepared to devour the land.
Jonathan all he had was a sword and an armor bearer, who was with them and heart climbing up is on their hands and knees up on this mountainside to take 1/2 acre back from the garrison of the Philistine army and about Samson were the Lord send about to fight against some of the Philistine army with nothing more than the donkey's jaw bone in his hand. Not only did was it a weapon that succeeded in defeating a thousand warriors, but it also gave him drink out of the hollow and the judge see the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they're mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ and the Bible says in the book of Hebrews chapter 11. The writer of Hebrews says what more shall I say time would fail me to tell of Gideon Barat can Samson and Jepson David and Samuel and the prophets who through faith subdued kingdoms see their faith at a forward motion to it worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire escape the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant or courageous in battle and turned to flight the armies of the aliens I encourage again. Read Hebrews chapter 11.
It's all about the week and the afflicted and the nobodies in the nothings of society that God raised up and threw them his kingdom advance because their faith at a forward motion and so I want to challenge all that are listening to the challenge the young people in the sanctuary. I challenge those that are online tonight.
Let your faith have a forward motion not just to get you out of something, but to get you into where you need to go not to get you just out of Egypt but get you into the promised land.
Your faith must have a forward motion and that forward motion is literally fueled by the desire to bring glory to God again in the earth the desire to say Lord Jesus Christ. I want you to be honored through my life. I want you to accuse my life for a healing oil for those that have no joy, no hope in the future.
I want you to use me as a key to unlock prison doors.
I want you to use me.
God is a voice thickened the king conquers it is the voices of the enemy that are trying to push people into depression, drugs and suicide God Almighty in the name of Jesus use my light for your glory that is that that is the cry that produces a forward motion.
That is the cry of the heart. This is God I trust you. You will put into my hand. Everything I need. I don't have to skim this out enough to plan this out enough to strategize this you will lead me you will be the voices says this is the way walk in it and you give me what I need if I need a word of wisdom you give me a word of wisdom. If I need the faith to believe somebody can be healed, but that faith in my heart. Before you put it in my hand and in my voice if I need to be a key to unlock somebody's prison door you give me the credits to approach the place of darkness and the courage to believe that there is no door.
There's no barrier that can stop the hand and the word of Almighty God through Jesus Christ. This is the forward motion of faith forward for much too long.
Many of God's people of a just stayed in the place where the devil is told him don't move because you this argue that because you depressed or you're addicted or your or your poor or your uneducated or whatever it is you are but God says no, rise up, my beloved army rise up people of God, rise up and let me one more time be God to you and let me be God through you and let me show through you, this generation that I indeed am still God I am all-powerful, I have all knowledge I created all things and I will be here when this world is folded up and re-created. It's all over I'll still be here let me show you once again who I am. By taking a week but take you marginalized by taking those of you listening to me online tonight that have come to the understanding or this world is tried tell you you're never going to amount to anything. Your life will never have any kind of a divine purpose.
It's time to put that thinking under your feet. It's time to try it on those words of the devil himself and stand up and you're never going to say now I'm going for it in the strength of my God, God will give me what I need to put some spice and someone for some stones, a stick if it's a one line sermon. It doesn't matter. God is already proven to me that he's able to bring people out of bondage to freedom through the weakest vessel in the Z in this generation to lay down and suffer defeat and let that be the portion of my life. One people all around for an eternal hell without saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through God's got so through my life by the grace of Almighty God. At the beginning I'm going to go. It was what God gives me do what God calls me to do in the strength of God's Holy Spirit. You are the time army of God lives in me.
You come to believe that you'll never amount to anything more than the drug addict, person or somebody did know nobody listens to your no different from those of come before you all through scriptural history is God because they can reduce a voice thickened the nation. It is God because of the blind men to see the testimony to tell others what is to be blind the hand of Christ touched me and now I can see it is God who raises the blood of death and brings them into like that is opens present are we backed into the presence behind us. As I follow Christ is God who takes the weak and the weary and the nobodies in the nothings in the marginalized of society raises us up to be a Victoria mighty army, do you not in strength but in our weakness and in the strength of our God. So I'm calling you rise up all Church of God rise up beloved bride of Jesus Christ. Let something get into your spirit. This is this being beaten by the winds of life never been cast down by the works of darkness. I'm going to stand up and then the power of my God, I'm going to let him declare his own Majesty's own glory. His own grace, his own power. His own victory through my life as weak as it might be.
It's not about me anymore. It's about the Christ in me raises men and women from the dead. Hallelujah, hallelujah, remember this one thing, the gospel really preaches about that been living, new Holland new Holland.
Remember, remember that the son of God went to across died on the cross in your place to pay the price for the sin is the wrong you've done against the way God says you should lives speak or be took your place when you believed on him. Your sin was washed away the spirit of God came and took up residence inside your life, you became a new creation and as you confess with your mouth, every promise in this book that was given to you and given to me by the shed blood of Jesus Christ with the promise comes the power to start moving forward. Christ you been listening to Carter Conlon from Times Square Church in New York City. For more information and resources to help you in your walk in Christ.
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