Sunday 6-26-2011

Posted by Sherry

TRUMPET ALARM

JOEL 2:1-2

CBC 6/26/11 SM

Wake Up Call for the CHURCH

  • can’t operate in...
    • a don’t care attitude
    • a lazy, do nothing mode
    • a come once a week is enough style
    • I’m ok & the rest can go to Hell
    • sorry God, my schedule is full

1BLOW THE trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy Mount [Zion]. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of [the judgment of] the Lord is coming; it is close at hand--(A)

2A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and of thick mists and darkness, like the morning dawn spread upon the mountains; so there comes a [heathen, hostile] people numerous and mighty, the like of which has never been before and shall not be again even to the years of many generations.

  • Realize how close we are to the Lord’s return
    • understand it’s gonna get worse b-4 it gets better
    • know the Church (people) are the soldiers in this battle
    • Sounding the Trumpet is the call to prepare for battle (enemy is just outside the gates, not miles away!!!)

HISTORY

Israel, like America moved away from the heart of God

  • God’s Judgment was the result
    • 70 AD Romans leveled city of Jerusalem & temple
    • dark cloud of despair settled over Israel for nearly 2000 years
    • Israel returned to her homeland, but her darkest hours are still ahead
    • Israel represents, “God’s chosen People”
    • when U read about Israel, you are also reading about “THE CHURCH”
    • called to carry out God’s business
    • opposed by the Devil himself & his army
    • called to reach out to lost souls before they are eternally lost
    • commissioned to go into battle with the Blood of the Lamb
    • The Enemy of Christianity has already begun launching attacks (terrorism)
    • their goal is absolute destruction of all opposition (Israel & Christianity)

WEAPONS OF “OUR” WARFARE

  • spiritual weapons of the church
    • to be proficient w/ a weapon U must “qualify” with it on a regular basis
    • ILL “shooting range”
    • Church weapons R not tanks, smart bombs..
    • Fasting
    • Prayer
    • Bible study & proficiency
    • Evangelism
    • Intercession (doing for others)
    • Faith in God
    • (those weapons have no equal)
    • enemy cannot match them
    • enemy cannot overcome them

CASUALTIES OF WAR

  • professed Christians turning away from God & going back into the world & it’s activities
  • people of God under oppression & living in defeat
  • churches splitting & denominations allowing sin in their very pulpits
  • cliques & cartels among the church membership
  • intolerance toward up-to-date ministry tools
  • moral failures, sexual misconduct in the church
  • alcoholic & drug addicted society
  • disease from sexual perversion
  • deaths on the road due to alcohol. partying & carelessness (texting etc.)
  • divorce rates
  • unnatural family units
  • Murder & mayhem (street, home, school, churches)
    • we’re in a war....YA THINK?????????

REMEMBER THIS...IT’S IMPORTANT

1 John 4:4 Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.

Isaiah 59:19 So [as the result of the Messiah's intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.

4For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

5[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

6Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.

OUR INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN DUTY

  • get proficient with your spiritual weapons

Joel 2: 12 That is why the Lord says,

“Turn to me now, while there is time.

Give me your hearts.

Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,

but tear your hearts instead.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is merciful and compassionate,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

He is eager to relent and not punish.

14 Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve,

sending you a blessing instead of this curse.

Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine

to the Lord your God as before.

15 Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem!
Announce a time of fasting;
call the people together
for a solemn meeting.

CONCLUSION:

Trumpet is blowing...are you Insubordinate?

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