I will love you. Oh Lord. My strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my strength in whom I will trust my shield and the horn of my salvation. My stronghold, I will call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my enemies? The pangs of death surrounded me and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid. The sorrows of shields surrounded me. The snares of death confronted me in my distress.
I called upon the Lord and cried out to my God. He heard my voice from his temple and my cry came before him, even to his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled the foundations of the Hills also quaked and were shaken because he was angry. Smoke went up from his nostrils and devouring fire from his mouth. Coles were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also and came down with darkness under his feet and he rode upon a cherub and flew.
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He flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness, his secret place. His canopy around him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies from the brightness before him has thick clouds past with hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord thundered from heaven and the most high uttered, his voice hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out his arrows and scattered the pho lightnings and abundance, and he vanquished them. Then the channels of the sea were seen.
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The foundations of the world were uncovered. Your rebuke, go Lord. At the blast of the breadth of your nostrils. He sent from above. He took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me for, they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place. He delivered me because he delighted in me. The Lord rewarded me.
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According to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands, he has recompensed me for I’ve kept the ways of the Lord. And if not wickedly departed from my God for all his judgments were before me and I did not put away his statutes from me. I was also blameless before him and I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore, the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
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With the merciful, you will show yourself merciful with a blameless man. You will show yourself blameless with the pure. You will show yourself pure. And with the devious, you will show yourself shrewd for you will save the humble people, but we’ll bring down. Hottie looks for you. A light, my lamp, the Lord, my God will enlighten my darkness for by you. I can run against a troop by my God. I can leap over a wall as for God. His way is perfect. The way of the Lord is proven.
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He is a shield to all who trust in him for who is a God except the Lord and who is a rock except our God. It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of your salvation, your right hand has held me up. Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarge my path under me. So my feet did not slip.
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I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them. Neither did I turn back again until they were destroyed. I have wounded them so that they could not rise. They have fallen under my feet for you of armed me with strength for the battle. You have subdued under me. Those who Rose up against me, you’ve also given me the next of my enemies so that I destroyed those who hated me. They cried out, but there was none to save even to the Lord, but he did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust, before the wind, I cast them out like dirt in the streets.
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You have delivered me from the strivings of the people. You’ve made me the head of the nations. People I have not known the shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me, they obey me. The foreigners submit to me, the foreigners fade away and come frightened from their hideouts. The Lord lives Walesa. Be my rock. Let the God of my salvation be exalted. It is God who Avengers, me and subdues the people under me. He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me.
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You’ve delivered me from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks to you. Oh Lord. Among the Gentiles and sing praises to your name, great deliverance. He gives to his King and shows mercy to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever more. God give us wisdom, courage. The spirits of warriors, strength, faith, and hearts filled with great and tremendous praise for you.
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Jesus, our Lord, our savior, our King for you are worthy of all. Praise of all glory of all power Lord. You are Holy perfectly. Holy, absolutely. Holy magnificently, Holy and you. The one who has created everything, nothing that was made was made without you. All things are made for you and by you and Jesus.
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You have known us since before the foundation. You have us. Since before the beginning, you have loved us and you have called us into this generation generation. That needs a moment of clarity that needs a touch from you. That needs Holy spirit, empowered leadership that needs freedom, deliverance, hope, a purpose, a calling, a gifting, a life truly worthy of your name and your kingdom.
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Lord only you can do this. We come to you acknowledging once more, our absolute bankruptcy in our own strength, our utter inability to make any progress for the sake of your kingdom and your great name, using our own abilities, our own plans, our own perspectives. Lord, what we do in this generation is going to be a result of your power and your will alone.
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Everything else will crumble away. Everything else will burn up. Nothing else will last besides the fruit that is born for your kingdom. As we move in obedience to your will and to your word, Jesus, let your name be magnified. Holy spirit. I pray that you would motivate each and every one of these words, Lord, that you would prepare hearts. Even now that you would draw people that you would bring many into contact with exactly what you need them to hear through this broadcast.
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Lord, just pray Jesus, that your name would be high and lifted up. That you would be magnified in this time. In this generation, you are well able to deliver a victory. You are well able Lord with one word, with one touch, with one breath, with one act, Lord prepare the hearts of your people, strengthen us and give us the full measure of the childlike faith that we need to abandon our own predispositions and preconceptions about our own abilities.
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And what’s going to work and turn it all in favor of obedience to the will of your Holy spirit and take all of that energy and apply it to hearing your still small voice in prayer in times of fasting in every situation in every circumstance, Lord be magnified. As we explore the boldness that you want to speak into your people in these times in jesus’ name, amen.
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The context of King David in Psalm 18 as one of many different episodes of deliverance, great deliverance. When all appeared lost. When an enemy, an internal enemy, someone who had shared the same promise, someone who is from the same nation, someone who has even been used by God at times, King saw when there’s a threat to the power structure, turns to defend and to defend his own grip on power.
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Even though God had stripped the kingdom away by eliminating his supposedly erstwhile enemy in King David, when the Lord has decreed on annointing, the die has been cast. There is there’s a moment, a moment that arises in a generation where a decision is made and a response from heaven takes place.
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The decision is binary all the way following God or not. And when that decision point comes, when that moment comes and that door opens the right answer, given with a full understanding of what the challenge is, the cost and other effects will be that informed decision that is based on a childlike and exuberant faith in who the Lord is strong, worthy, honorable, righteous, true faithful everlasting, never changing.
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Perfect, good loving, merciful, gracious, just all powerful. When that decision is made and the time is right and the Lord moves, we will see his power once more. It doesn’t matter how many people in the body of Christ have remained apathetic.
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It won’t matter how many preachers have turned out to be higher links that have stood down in the course of their duty. It won’t matter how many mockers there are in the camp of the enemy. It won’t matter what kind of threats are present in the landscape. The only thing that will matter in that day is the power of God. When the battle lines are drawn and that moment arrives, we must be filled with the kind of courage that David has with the kind of strength that moves us to say it does not matter what I see with my eyes, except that I take what I see.
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And I bring it to the Lord and I cry out to him, brothers and sisters. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The Lord is not going to roll over and that his precious people and those who don’t yet know him, but who will in the right circumstances, be swept away without a say in this generation, one word from God. One touch from the Lord.
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One breath from the throne of the most high and victory is attained. Jesus has already won the absolute victory, the victory over the claims that sin, death hell and the grave had over us on the cross. He bore our penalty. He became our sacrifice. He provided atonement and reconciliation.
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Jesus Christ. Our Lord is the King of Kings. He is ruling and reigning right now. There is no other power that is in any way comparable to his. He is a creator. Everything else that brings boastful threats, mockery and scorning of the most high is create Ted a God who we serve exists permanently of necessity.
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He is unable to not exist. Everything else is contingent. God, who we serve is good and his mercy endures forever. And the evils that have been perpetrated against his people and against his creation have gone on for far too long. There comes a time when the inequity is full, there comes a time when justice is required, there comes a time when the righteous must stand.
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And the one righteous is Jesus Christ. Does the Lord want to be victorious in this generation or not? I say, yes, he does. Can the Lord be victorious in this generation? I say, yes, he is. Abel, will the Lord be victorious in this generation? I say yes, that the harvest that so many have been praying for is overdue and that the fields are even white with the harvest.
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If we would have eyes to see ears, to hear and wisdom, to understand the great bluff, the great deception that the enemy is foisting upon the people of God at this very moment, with the same old lies given you can’t make a difference. This is going to be painful for you. Your God cannot help you. There is no way of overcoming the force that we have brought to bear on this battlefield spiritually.
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And otherwise you have no hope. You have no promise bow down to me, never, never at any point, never in any potential world, never in any way is the kingdom of darkness comparable in power and might to the kingdom of God. So who is in charge? When you look around, do you see the chaos?
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Do you see the enemies of the Lord? Do you see the way that they are behaving the thrashing about the total loss of any semblance of a grip on reality, the absolute invention of an alternate view that is entirely inconsistent, emotionally driven and fueled by rage, anger, fear.
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This is the kingdom of darkness running off of the strength of our sins. This is a foe that would swallow every one of the people of God. Whole. This is a power structure that is not operating from a position of total control. There is a desperation in the kingdom of darkness after crossing millions and millions of lines over decades and centuries after pushing be iniquity to the brink after the sin has been full up, how long will it be until the lie of the inaction of God?
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He does not see, doesn’t hear, we’re going to get away with it. Look at what we can do in one moment that facade can come crashing down. There’s a moment coming, a moment where we will make a choice. There are many selections for the people of God that are on the horizon about relationships, about directions, about elections, but the most important decision.
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And you will know when you arrive at that point. And my feeling is that we are going to arrive at it together. And the feeling of it will be very distinct. We will know that we are either all in or backing out and I pray. I pray in the name of our glorious Lord and savior Jesus Christ. That when that moment comes, when you have to make an authoritative declaration about what kingdom you belong to, that you without hesitation with a full degree of boldness and courage, regardless of anything else, stand and say, I belong to Jesus Christ and him only will.
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I serve, I will bow to none other. I will worship none other. And he, and he alone is the cause of my being the source of my righteousness and the one who promises an eternal hope to me, there is no trade that can be made. There’s no defection that is possible. There is no shadow of turning with our God.
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And when that door opens, when the chance in this generation comes to say yes to the Lord or to say, no, I pray that each and every one of you would recognize it and would have the wisdom to say, now is the time we’re going with God, we’re glorifying his name.
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We’re serving his kingdom. We’re obeying his will. We’re following his word. Our God is a consuming fire. And the grotesque, injustice and evil, it is destroyed. So many has filled up a cup of inequity. That must be poured out. And it must be on God’s terms at God’s time and through God’s power.
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What the Lord will ask of you in that moment is obedience. What he will ask of you as that unfolds only he knows, but if you are not ready, if you right now are in a dilapidated state, a fearful state, a confused state, if you have spent the last several months, spun up emotionally because of the pandemic, because of the civil unrest, because of the division in churches and families in your own minds.
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If you have been occupying that space now is the moment to relocate. Now is the moment to return. There are many prodigals right now who are not engaged in feeding pigs and wasteful spending of resources, the same way as the parable. But there are many who have strayed from their father’s house and who have gotten caught up in what the enemy desires for us, who is a rock, but our God, how dare we limit the power of what the Lord can do in this generation.
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And yet, so often so often the first and only thing out of the mouth of the people of God is faithlessness is another excuse. And another reason why things will never get better is another justification for our own self. Pity is another excuse that we lay on the table for our own absolute weakness, but we are weak.
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We are cowardly. We are helpless. We are afraid, but we also know that the victory is not ours. The glory is not ours. The strength is not ours. The righteousness is not ours. The power is not ours. The love is not ours. It belongs firmly.
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And implacably in the hands of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords enough of our God’s name, being drug in the dirt enough of people staring at people, supposedly representing the Lord and seeing nothing but absolute and utter failure enough of this form of godliness without power enough of the fear, enough of anything that moves us away from what God has for us, enough of the cowardice enough of the hesitation.
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This is your moment decide, decide this day, whom you will serve because in the times that are ahead. When the power of the Lord will be displayed in ways that we can’t even imagine God is looking for people not to jump on board after the victory. But when things look the worst right before the red sea parts, when it’s darkest before the Dawn, it’s time to clean house, it’s time to search our hearts.
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It’s time to allow the correction of the Lord and the leading of the Holy spirit to guide our steps. It’s time to digest the Lord’s word for us and to discern the signs of the times, it’s time to engage and to watch the power and the glory of the Lord.
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God help us. If we let this generation waste away, God help us. If we let an enemy desperate to cling on to the control that has been established, close the door on an opportunity for the Lord to deliver justice. God help us. If we even fight against the will of God, because of a sense of fearful hopelessness, prophetic fatalism, or a false sense of righteous superiority, our God is an almighty King glorious in power.
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Perfect in wisdom, majestic in judgment and worthy of worship. This is Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is opening a door. What will you do to respond? Give us wisdom, Lord God, show yourself victorious.
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All mighty an absolutely glorious in this generation. Speak to the hearts of your people and work miracles in this moment in Jesus name. Amen.