Dream Interpretation

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Sermon |

Dream Interpretation In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. – Acts 2:17 What is a Dream? A succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep. Why does God use Dreams? … because He can and because it allows Him to have our undivided attention. Is Dream Interpretation for Today? Yes, because if it wasn’t, God would not have included it in the bible. What does God use Dreams for? Protection Direction Correction Warning Dreams are all over the Bible, cover-to-cover, however…Not all dreams are messages from God. Some may be just dreams. Here’s a few important examples of dreams and dream interpretations in the bible… let’s dive in. Examples in the Old Testament: First Account of a Dream in the Bible. Genesis 20:3 But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married women.” Correction & Protection Jacob’s Ladder Genesis 28:10-17 Jacob, son of Isaac, had a dream of a stairway resting on earth and reaching into heaven, where the angel of the Lord were ascending and descending on it. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and He said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and the east, to the north and the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. Direction & Protection Joseph’s Prophecy Genesis 37:1-11 Joseph was both a dreamer and dream interpreter. He had a dream that prophesied that his family would bow to him someday, which once shared, propelled him in the direction of his destiny. Although, at times, things looked bleak, Joseph remained faithful, even in prison where he interpreted two dreams of his fellow prisoners, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker. Joseph’s interpretations were fulfilled and the cup-bearer returned to the Pharaoh’s service and the baker was killed, just as Joseph interpreted. Two years later, the Pharaoh had a dream and the cup-bearer remember Joseph’s gift, told Pharaoh about him. Once Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, Pharaoh promoted Joseph to second-in-command. Direction Gideon Judges 7:12-15 Gideon snuck into the enemy’s camp and overheard an enemy soldier sharing a dream he had. The interpreter of the dreamed, mentioning Gideon by name, predicted that Israel...

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Identity Theft – June 11, 2017

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Sermon |

  Has anyone here ever been a victim of identity theft? The truth is, everyone here should all raise our hands because, before Christ, our identities were stolen by the devil in the Garden of Eden. Our identities, both our spiritual and physical, determine: Who we are What we do Who we belong to What belongs to us For those of you who don’t know, last week, we found out that we were victims of identity theft. A person in Tennessee somehow got hold of one of my debit card, called the bank as us, made transfer from our savings account into our debit account, realized that they transferred it to the wrong card, called and moved it from one debit card to another. Once the debit card they had had the funds they needed in it, they made a nice size jewelry purchase online. When Olivia found the missing money from the first transaction, she immediately called me to see if I transferred or withdrew any money recently. Upon learning that I had not, she started clicking through all our accounts to find that a large sum of money was moved, not once, but twice and the worst part was that there was a huge jewelry purchase made, just six hours before the Holy Spirit prompted her to log online, for no reason, and checkout account. Upon assuring Olivia that I didn’t use most of our savings to surprise her with jewelry, we contacted our bank, then the company who the purchase was made from. Luckily, we caught it early enough and got hold of the jewelry store before the order was fulfilled and the director of sales, reversed the order and nothing but our sense of security, was lost. Needless to say, Olivia and I felt violated when we found out about the theft. After all, both of us are very careful with where we use our cards and how we discard of our sensitive items and yet the criminals in Tennessee somehow acquired my card info, and other sensitive information, and made us victims. As followers of Jesus Christ, our identities are priceless, and we need to be willing to do whatever it takes to keep it safe. Too often I see believers settle for being victims of identity theft to the devil, easily handing over what Jesus gave back to us, our rightful place as kings and priests of the earth. Before the fall of man, there was another fall, the fall of Lucifer and one third of every angel ever created out of Heaven. In one swift blow, the angelic beings were throwing out of Heaven, lost their identities and the angels and became the first minions. In Luke 10:18, Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” The fall of Lucifer, was a violent one. Ever since the fall of Lucifer, and...

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Vital to Life – You’re the Antidote – Sermon – June 4, 2017

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Sermon |

Vital to Life – You’re the Antidote | June 4, 2017 A funny thing happened to me while at another church years ago. A prostitute walked in, sat down and mid-service got up, walked up to the piano, pounded on the keys, screamed and walked out of the church. Upon seeing this my friend Lisa and I went after her, to see if we could show her love and get her to stay. Upon reaching her, she was babbling and ranting… suddenly she paused, pointed straight at me, made eye contact and said… “You will burn this city down.” Instantly I knew it was God speaking through the prostitute, speaking something to be. I believe that when we started this church, we started the blaze. The people of the world are dying, infected by a poison that is slowly devouring them. The poison affects every person’s life differently, but it has claimed the lives of far too many. From the fall of man until now, sin, in all its sneaky ways, has stolen too many souls. The antidote to sin, like an antibody, lives within every believer. It is in and through Jesus Christ. There only one way to administer this antidote, it’s through God’s redemptive love. Scripture states that the borrower is a slave to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)  Meaning the price we pay to live a life apart from the life offered and demonstrated by Jesus Christ, can only be paid for with our lives and souls. We go about our lives, carrying the cure, within us, that will heal every person we encounter. Since starting God Manifest, I must have prayed for more strangers in the last two weeks, than I have in any two week period in the past six years. Recently, Olivia and I chase down a man in the ninety-nine cents store who had a stroke. This week, while I was at the bank, I saw an older woman with a cane whom I introduced myself and prayed for, she recently had hip surgery. A few weeks ago, I prayed for the cashier at Krogers who was coughing, sniffling, and very grouchy. While interviewing contractors for some work we need around the house, we found out that the contractor’s son, had pain in his back and leg, we told him a few testimonies, and prayed for him. Then at the end of their presentation, their father, a former pastor, asked if we could pray for his knee, with joy, we absolutely did. I wonder what these people are thinking as we approach them with a smile on our faces. Or what they think about us when they’re telling us about their affliction and we look at one another and smile. What we’re thinking is, “God brought you to us because He is about to do something amazing.”  “We can’t wait to see what...

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How to Pray – Sermon – May 28, 2017

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Sermon |

The Lord’s Prayer – A guide to Praying | May 28, 2017 Open your bible to: Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” In doing a word study in the Strong’s Concordance, you find that the word, “delight” was translated from the Hebrew word, Aw-nag, meaning… “pliable or soft.” We’ll revisit this scripture later in this message. Understanding the root meaning of God’s Word is essential to every believers understanding of who God is, and helps us decipher His voice over the imitator’s.   Our relationship with God, similar to the relationships we have here on earth – the more you involve a person in your life, the more we intimately know, their heart, will, thoughts, opinions, and passions. You can figure out how close someone is with someone by watching the choices they make for them when they’re not around. For instance, once Olivia was having some girl stuff done. In conversation with her beautician, the girl mentioned to Olivia about her “spiritual” life, which at that time, did not include Jesus Christ. She talked about Angels, healings, etc… Upon hearing her mention that she wanted to learn more, Olivia told her about some of our experiences, and told her that I had similar experiences in life and still operate in the “supernatural.” All excited the woman asked if she could meet with us and speak to me about her experience and her power. Knowing me, Olivia said, “I know my husband, and I know he will say yes.” Olivia made plans with her and told me later. Obviously, I said yes and was very proud to know how much my wife knew me. We met with her, I told her my experiences pre-Christ and post-Christ and gave her a few words of knowledge and prophetic words. She is now saved and I understand that she is still a strong believer. Looking back over my life, I noticed how God skillfully placed me in tough situations, personally knowing me, my personality, my heart to never give up, He positioned me in roles which eventually moved and grew me to where and who He needed me to be. Being no different, as a good Father, He maneuvers us through each differently, carefully opening and closing doors to get us to become the person He needs us to be when He needs us to be it.   Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer Early in my journey with God, similar to many of you, I learned the importance of prayer and especially the importance of the Lord’s prayer. Why is prayer taught so quickly to new believers? Because a strong prayer life is essential to cultivating a strong relationship with God and an unbreakable direct line of communication with our Heavenly Father. The more we speak to Him, the more we can...

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God Manifest – Church Launch – 05-21-2017

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Sermon |

Good morning. Welcome to God Manifest. Thank you for joining us for the launch of God Manifest as a church. As most of you know, for years, Olivia and I have both received prophetic words on becoming pastors and on starting a church. We received these words from our various pastors, complete strangers, prophets, and friends, even some of you, and a few months ago we received more confirmation and both felt that the time to start the church was now. When you build something, no matter what it is, it’s vital to start with a solid foundation. God Manifest will be built on truth, strength, unity, integrity, God’s people, desire for intimacy with our God, and most of all God’s love. With that said, Olivia and I would like to lay the foundation of God Manifest Church, and what God has planned for the future. I would like to start with our mission statement, which, Olivia crafted and I feel fully embraces what God wants God Manifest to be. MISSION STATEMENT We are a family of believers and lovers of God, here to equip God’s people to manifest Him and make Him known to the world around us, establish the Kingdom of God here on earth, and destroy the works of darkness. We believe that Ephesians 4:11-13 is the purpose of this church, that “the Body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Through equipping, our hope is to present believers who will go out into the world doing as Jesus Christ has done and greater things (John 14:12). It is our desire that God establish and build this church and to create disciples capable of walking in the fullness of Jesus Christ – capable of multiplying through the presentation of the Good News to a world seeking a Savior. God Manifest’s mission is to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, heal the brokenhearted, set prisoners and captives free, and create disciples who will stand in love, walk in faith, and display God’s Son to the world. We Believe… …There is only one true and living God who is the King of kings, Creator, and Lord of all. …He is perfect, holy, just, loving, good, full of mercy and truth. …He is One being in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. …The Bible is the God-breathed and the infallible, authoritative, living Word of God and that it declares His true design and plan for mankind. …Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was born of a virgin, lived among us as one of us but without sin and gave His life as a ransom for mankind and rose...

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