Christ Amidst Chaos – March 22, 2020

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Preached by PKO

Mark 4:35-40 

  1. Crises and Humanity 
    • Home in crises
    • Family in crises
    • The world in the midst of pandemic
    • God in the crises 
    • The silence of God does not equate to the absence of God
    • Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty
  2. Christ in Crises 
    • Shortage, Storm,  Trouble, Imprisonment (Noisome pestilence) 
    • No crises is bigger than the almighty
    • The Lord is in every battle 
  3. The Message in Chaos
    • Christ is testing your faith  – A test of faith is not a function of how you feel; it’s a function of what you know.
    • Christ is verifying your courage – your imagination affects your courage
      • The response is a function of what your heart is filled with
    • Christ is checking your boldness
    • Christ is watching your response
      • Psalm 50:15 – Call upon Him
  • Christ amidst chaos is an assurance of a happy ending” -PKO

Sound is a Sign –  March 15, 2020

PKO preached a sermon titled, Sound Is a Sign, on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Scripture was taken from 1 Kings 18:41 – 44.

Light is a sign.  In Genesis 1:14, God created light to separate the day from the night, to be used for signs and seasons.  Just like light is a sign, the gift of tongues are for a signs as well, according to 1 Corinthians 14:22.

Sound is also a sign and indicates something is coming, something is happening or something is about to change.  What is critical is that we understand the sound and its significance in our lives.  In 2 Kings 19:1 – 20, Hezekiah heard the sign of the rumour of war.  He could chose to react or chose to let God take control.  In Acts 2, on the Day of Pentecost, there came a sound from heaven, a mighty rushing wind, and they all began to speak in tongues.  We need to hold on to the sound, because it is only then, that we will see the testimony that follows.  There can also be sounds of victory and sounds of abundance.

When we hear sounds, we no only need to understand the sound, but also tap into the power of the sound.  We need to discern the sound and understand the truth of what we are hearing. In Exodus 32, as Moses and Joshua were coming down the mountain with two tables of God’s Word, they could hear sound.  Joshua believed it to be the sound of victory after a war.  Moses thought he heard singing.  In actual fact, the people were celebrating and worshiping the golden calf that the people had requested Aaron to make as a God while Moses was on the mountain.  We need to uphold the sound through faith and prayer.  Romans 10:17 tells us that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  We need to be attentive and hear what God is trying to say to us when He speaks through sound.  Once we have heard God, in obedience, we need to support the sound through our actions.  Actions must follow what we believe.  Even though in 1 Kings 18, there was severe famine, Elijah advised King Ahab that he heard the sound of rain and that he should go ahead and celebrate in anticipation of what was going to happen.  In the same way Ahab acted not he Word, we also need to act on what God has said.  God does not lie.  He will do what He says He will do.  God always keeps His promises.  (Numbers 23:19).  His Word will never return to Him void.  (Isaiah 55:11)

Have you received a promise or a Word from the Lord?  Do not give up hope.  Act on what He has said, and He will surely come through.  Sound is a sign of something that is coming, something that is happening, or of something that is about to change.  The God who created light to separate the day from night, to be used for signs and seasons, knows what season you find yourself.  You simply need to be patient and let Him take control!  Are you listening?  Are you discerning the sound?   Are you upholding the sound through faith and prayer?  Are you supporting the sound through your actions?

Sound of Abundance –  March 1, 2020

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Preached by PFO

PFO preached a sermon titled, Sound of Abundance, on Sunday, March 1, 2020. Scripture was taken from 1 Kings 18:41, which says “And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.” Sound is a series of waves that pass through to the medium of the ear. Sound can convey unbelievable, implausible and unconceivable things to the people of God if they are able to hear some of the incredible messages God wants to relay to us. In the spirit realm, a sound of abundance is a decree, not just a sound wave.

We need to be careful regarding what we are listening to or what we are hearing. “The sounds that you hear will complement the voice that you will also incline your ear to”. In 1 Kings 18:1, God had instructed Elijah to show himself to Ahab and tell him that He would send rain on the earth. In verse 41, Elijah believed God and relayed this message to Ahab that there would be an abundance of rain despite an ongoing drought in the area. With the abundance of rain would be abundance of harvest. Food (e.g. flour, barley) that used to be scarce and expensive will now be sold for a cheaper price since they will become available in abundance.

From Elijah having to relay this message in a season of lack, there are three (3) main things we can learn from this story.

1) We need to rebuke the negative. Ahab’s officer questioned Elisha’s message. In response, Elisha rebuked the officer and told him he would see but not eat of the food (or the abundance). We see a similar scenario play out in Matthew 16:23 where Jesus had to sharply rebuke Peter for disbelieving that Jesus would need to suffer, die and resurrect. Peter, like the officer, became a stumbling block, to the message. He was mindful of things of man, not things of God. He was concerned with the safety and concern for Jesus, rather than the fulfillment of God’s purpose for Jesus’ life. A purpose that would save man an entire world.

2) We need to be bold and courageous. Elisha need to be bold to declare the message to the King. He could easily have been crippled by fear when all evidence showed what was contrary to his message. We need to be bold to declare what God has deposited in our hearts. “Our performance has to do with whether we function in faith or in fear.“ Fear freezes, faith releases. Fear cripples the most able, faith empowers the least able.” God commands the same of Joshua, for Joshua to be bold and courageous. We need to exercise boldness with faith to activate the supernatural.

3) We need to be prayerful. Elijah spent a great deal of time laboring in prayer which allowed him to hear the spirit; to hear beyond the natural. This led him to a position of delivery where He could deliver a message that only God knew (in the supernatural). At the end of the day, God would be glorified. This message would bring hope and blessing not only himself, but a whole nation. “Every time you pray, you are putting pressure on the spirit realm, and you are loading the cloud that is bringing your blessing with expectancy.”

Sometimes we find ourselves in a season of drought, and are seeking and trusting God for an oasis of water. We often here the adage, “Things are not always what they seem.” We may see lack, but God sees abundance. If we rebuke the negative, are bold and courageous and are prayerful, God will reveal the sound of abundance to us. We do not need to live in fear, but need to exercise a faith that releases. We need to activate the supernatural.