It's Time to Get Past This
by Sis. Jane Kimmes | February 23, 2015
Wow, God has been moving so powerfully for us here at GWOD. Today, God was letting us know that He is on the Throne and no matter what you are going through, whether good or bad, He is in control. Eldress Ollie gave us a word on the Majesty and Greatness of our God saying that with His enormous magnitude of light and power, there is nothing too hard for our God! Our "Love and Freedom" services culminated today with Pastor James Davis, Co Pastor Gwen Davis, and the Free Pentecostal House of Prayer Church bringing to God worship and to us a powerful message on deliverance and encouragement called "It's Time to Get Past This." Pastor James Davis preached this message from 1 Sam 30:1-8. He moved all over the church in the anointing, just like a fireball leaping from the pulpit to wherever God led him. God confirmed this Word by bringing deliverance to many and encouragement to all of us.
1 Sam 30:1-8 "And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech's son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8 And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all."
Pastor James Davis stated that when somebody encourages you it lasts a little while, however there will be times that you will need to encourage yourself in the Lord as David did. David and his men had returned from the North, after having been rejected from joining the Philistine army, only to find that the Amalekites had invaded Ziklag, and burned it to the ground. They took captive all of their women and children. All was lost and David was in great distress. The people spoke of stoning him and all support was gone. David and his men had cried to the point where they could cry no more. But David encouraged himself in the LORD and enquired of the LORD. God answered and told him to pursue after the Amalekites and encouraged him that he would overtake them and recover all. He pursued and overtook them and recovered all just as God had said.
We have to go through trouble too as God is making us. We think we don't have to go through some things, but yes, we have to suffer. Jesus suffered and so will we. Put your trust in the Lord, He has everything in His hands. David and his men were expecting to come home and find family but instead found the whole city was burned and their loved ones were taken captive. Pastor James Davis went on to explain that our thoughts are not His thoughts and our ways are not His ways. Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." We have to go through some "stuff" to know God. It is time to get past "this" (anything you are going through, a hindrance) and put your trust in the Lord. We will suffer but remember that the devil had to get permission to touch Job. God is in control and everything happens for our making. Instead encourage yourself in the Lord, seek His instruction, and be strengthened by Him.
2 Cor 4:8-10 "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body." When you are going through, no matter what, you owe God a praise! The Lord will fight your battle. You will come out. Come out with both hands up to God in Praise. Pastor Davis made an analogy between the Spirit man and the flesh man. In Genesis 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:" God spoke the Word which is Spirit (God's Spoken Word). In Genesis 2: "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." God formed the man, which is flesh (formed man). Pastor James Davis said, "Don't go through your trial in the flesh man (Gen 2), you have to go through in the Spirit man (Gen 1). Change the atmosphere of your situation by responding in the Spirit man. In Him we have our life and being. Acts 17:28 "For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring." Don't keep uprooting yourselves by responding in the flesh man. Work out your own soul's salvation by His Spirit. If you are doing something for the Lord just to be seen, or you are doing it for yourself, or you are hiding a sin, watch out because your sin will find you out, the devil will point it out. God will make it known. Luke 12:2-3 "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. 3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops." Numbers 32:23 "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out." May I add that many times these and other sins go unnoticed or unexposed in front of mankind here on this earth and will be revealed only on Judgement day. Rom 2:16 "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." 1 Tim 5:24 "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after."
Pastor Davis ended by saying that it is time to get past some "stuff" and get back what has been destroyed. He said, "Operate in the Genesis 1 Spirit man and speak it. Encourage yourselves, you have to leap to get over the hurdle, so leap for your deliverance, leap for you healing!" Praise, shouting, and leaping broke forth from this preached Word and God moved mightily in deliverance. Co Pastor McCarty added that Genesis 1 was God's creative Word and Power and Genesis 2 was God's work of forming man and breathing life into him. Change the atmosphere by saying, "Let there be light."
Pastor Crowder added that we will suffer in the flesh, suffer with Christ. Your suffering will cause you to lose a bad attitude, pride, etc. You lose yourself and gain the Spirit man. You will cease from sin. Suffering takes away religious zeal. You will testify of the Goodness of God and not the woes of your long sad story.
Well, what a powerful Word, so please act upon it, speak it, and may I add, get out of the "this" (problem, trial, or sin) and get into the "this it that" (Spirit, Holy Ghost power). Acts 2:16-18 "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my hand maidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy..." I love all of you dearly. Encourage yourselves in the Lord and do something nice for somebody today, go out of your way to Bless them. Continue to pray for those that are sick and those that are in prison that they be released from their pain and spread this Word to them. Spread God's Word to all people.