An Unstoppable Force

An Unstoppable Force

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An unstoppable force

Matthew 16:18b

on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

The rock: You are the Christ the Son of the living God!

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.

People who are saved and know their God

Jesus says I will build my church on that foundation

So we must be faithful to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that people link into the cross of calvary and the tree of life

And Jesus will build His church!

The key then is taking this message into our worlds where the gates of hell exist.

Gates:  authority structures we would say city hall is the authority structure of the city therefore city hall is the gate of the city

Austin the gate for the state

DC the gate for the Nation

UN the gate for the World

The gates of hell anywhere satan as an authority structure

Drug world

Sex traffic

divorce

These are the places that cannot prevail against us.  In other words the places that it seems most impossible for the church to thrive in that is the very place it thrives the most!

The list of hells gate is so long and we each have a place where we can storm the gates in our world.

  1. A personal mandate

Peter had a revelation of who Jesus was, we all must have that no one can give that to you, it is not passed down God has no grand children only children.

My journey

Found Christ as my best friend

Filled with His Spirit and became a witness to others

Moved to reach out beyond myself (India)

Joshua 3:7

And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

My first gate of hell was the US Air Force

Pastors kids who went into the military were going in and running away from God

Basic Training

Tech school

Barksdale AFB

The bottoms Shreveport, Louisiana the gate of poverty

2.  We all must see that God is with us

So while I had a calling put on my life and that is what gives me the confidence to lead you as your pastor I want to take it even more personal then that

Matt 1:23

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

He has been reminding me about this since August 11, 1987

The ball story

The next gate of hell the Eugene Mission

3.  Do you remember the stories in the Bible about ?

Shammua,

Shaft

Igal

Palti

Gaddiel

Gaddi

Ammeil

Sethur

Nahbi

Geuel

I bet you don’t!

But I bet you remember the names Joshua and Caleb!

No one remembers the ten spies who gave the bad report

Everyone remembers the two who said,”lets go, lets take the land!”

Unbelief is the greatest sin because it paralyses us in despair

Numbers 13:1-33

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” So Moses sent them from the Wilderness of Paran according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the children of Israel. Now these were their names: from the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur; from the tribe of Simeon, Shaphat the son of Hori; from the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh; from the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph; from the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun; from the tribe of Benjamin, Palti the son of Raphu; from the tribe of Zebulun, Gaddiel the son of Sodi; from the tribe of Joseph, that is, from the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi the son of Susi; from the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli; from the tribe of Asher, Sethur the son of Michael; from the tribe of Naphtali, Nahbi the son of Vophsi; from the tribe of Gad, Geuel the son of Machi. These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua. Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes. So they went up and spied out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near the entrance of Hamath. And they went up through the South and came to Hebron; Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, were there. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole. They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs. The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there. And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

My report to you: The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church!

Who will charge the gates with me!

It has got to be a personal matter for you

You must know God is with you

But then you must run to the battle in faith knowing we are well able to overcome it!

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