EXPERIENCE HIS PRESENCE AND
HIS POWER AS WE PRESS INTO
DEEPER REALMS OF HIS GLORY
Date & Time: Sunday Evening, April 2nd at 6:30 PM
Place: La Quinta Hotel
3701 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Directions: The La Quinta Hotel is located 1 ½ blocks north of Sample Road on the east side of University Drive.
Key Note Speaker: Pastor Charles Carrin
Pastor Carrin will be ministering on
“Experiencing The Fullness of the Holy Spirit”
If you long to be filled with the Holy Spirit, if you desire the ‘Fire of His Presence’ in your own life, then get ready to receive power from on high.
We invite you to come and experience His Glory, His Presence and His Power. Experience times of refreshing in the ‘Presence of the Lord’. Steve Gass & the Shekinah Glory Worship Team will lead us in extravagant worship to the throne of our God.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD:
In exploring the Kingdom of God, the trip inward into Creation is as infinite as the trip outward. In its widest scope, the Kingdom is the government of God over the whole Universe. Nothing is exempt from its domain. In its lessor scope, Kingdom rule is the authority entrusted to believers to enforce the will of God on earth.
David was speaking Kingdom-truths inwardly when he exclaimed of himself: "For you have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them." Psalm 139:13-16.
1. "You have formed my inward parts." If, for a split-second's time, you could peak into the cell-formation and organizing of body parts in a human baby in the womb, you would see lightening-speed explosions simultaneously blasting inwardly and outwardly in the development of eyes, bones, brain waves, blood, organs, skin, personality, memory, intellect, talents, enzymatic action, and all other components. Ecclesiastes 11:5. I Corinthians 12:18. Nothing else in the Universe surpasses this creative wonder. In the microscopic realm, you would be witnessing Kingdom-of-God power at work as much as in the whirling of galaxies in outer space. We wrongly assume such cellular development in conception as being slow-motion growth. Not so. We have nothing on earth with which to compare such astronomical speed as occurs in the organization of functioning body parts. This incredible velocity continues in us until the moment we die. Try to imagine a dynamite fuse reaching all the way from Boston to Miami--exploding every building in its non-stop path. What occurs in the development of a single human being involves a thousand times more separate parts than there are buildings between New England and Florida.
2. "I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Every square inch of your skin contains approximately 35 miles of nerves. An adult body includes more than 75,000 miles of blood vessels, serving more than 60 billion body cells. Some vessels are so microscopically small that only one blood cell at the time can squeeze through. If all of your blood vessels could be cut open and laid side by side they would cover an area the size of a football field. During its 120 day life-span, each blood cell makes about 75,000 round trips from the heart to other parts of the body. That is a total distance of approximately 5 billion, 635 million miles traveled in its lifetime. In a quiet room, cup your hands tightly over your ears, like you have done with a sea shell at the beach, and listen to the noise of blood rushing through your body. That is literally the ocean-roar of life racing through you. The speed is so intense that friction would burn through your veins and arteries were it not for the protective coating of cholesterol lining their inner walls.
3. "I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth." If that baby is male, within four weeks after conception, all the quadrillions of sperm his body will ever produce will already be formed in his tiny being. Think of it! Before being born, God has fully infused his body with enough genes to repopulate the entire earth. Each of those minuscule sperm--containing that embryonic boy's DNA--holds more than 3 billion genetic codes. If you were to spend 8 hours a day looking at each code for one second, it would take two years. Geneticists estimate that the DNA in one of that baby's human cells, unraveled and strung end to end, would reach from earth to the sun, round trip, 400 times. Accidental evolution? Hardly. His entire body could be reconstructed from information stored in just one of his brain-stem cells; these are part of sixty billion more cells, performing millions of tasks, that compose his tiny being. The sound of his laughter, the curve of his eyelash, attitudes he inherited from his grandparents are all perfectly recorded. At conception, the genetic code from mother and father merged into an ideal arrangement for the creation of this totally new, unique being. Billions and billions of components perfectly joined. In his eyes, 1,000,000 optic nerves grow separately from eye to brain, brain to eye, and join in the middle. Each nerve attaches to its counterpart perfectly. There are no mix-ups. From his beginning, when a single ovum and sperm united, he emerges 280 days later as a functioning human being capable of sending rocket ships into outer space.
Be aware that there are more than 100 million different animal and plant specie on planet earth. Of each specie, there may be hundreds of billions of individuals, ranging in size from ants to elephants, whales to wombats. Each has its own distinctive genetic code. In the presence of overwhelming evidence of man's miraculous design, the claim of evolution becomes totally absurd.
4. "Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed . And in Your book they were all written." Your brain contains as many synapsis as there are stars in existence. The synapse is the point of contact between neurons, by which nerve impulses are successfully transmitted through the brain. Inside your head, you have a composite of total creation. If all five and one-half billion people on earth were talking on eighteen telephone at the same time, it would almost correspond to the electrical traffic handled by the brain. The corpus callosum tissue separating the two hemispheres of the brain contain as many connections as every telephone line in America. To cut through the corpus callosum of one human being would be equivalent to cutting every telephone line in America.
Next time you are outside looking at the stars realize that Creation's vastness goes just that far inside of you. Victor Hugo said, "Where the telescope ends the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?" Consequently, there is a point in which human microscopic structure stretches so thin as to pass over the line into the spiritual. We see that in the minutia of blood vessels. Because of our religious bondage we cannot continue the Kingdom search beyond this point. It is impossible to separate the Kingdom of God working in the womb from its working in the soul--or in the galaxy most removed from earth. In our present limitation it is equally impossible for us to understand that God does not view Creation as being in separate "spiritual" and "physical" realms. Once when I was overwhelmed with these thoughts I wrote this:
We fools! Had we eyes to see,
Into the realm of microscopic things;
To step inside the spider's egg,
With its own suns and galaxies,
Here we'd behold Creation in full display
And the flawless pearl of system find,
That touches every insect, leaf, or stone,
With the same brush-stroke of design.
Astonishment would seize our breath,
Silence us as quiet as death,
To behold Creation's chartless realm,
Compressed inside the tiniest cell.
But more than that, to understand
God's whole in intent in nature
Is inscribed in every cell of man
Whether we are theologians or scientists, we can still prove by unwavering mathematical law that our universe--and life in it-- were designed by a transcendent engineering Intelligence. For example, take ten pennies and number each of them one to ten. Put them in your pocket and shuffle them. Mathematically, your chance of drawing out number one on the first draw is one in ten; numbers one and two in succession is one in 100. To draw out one, two, and three, in perfect order, your chance is one in one thousand. By fixed, mathematical law, your chance of drawing out all ten in uninterrupted order is one in ten billion. These are the odds of chance. Simply stated, it can't be done. Yet with such evidence before us, some still persist in arguing defensively for accidental evolution. You could more easily argue that your automobile--everything from cruise control to axles--resulted from a factory explosion in which all the parts coincidentally joined together in mid-air. And while this article looks inwardly into the Kingdom of God--and not into the odds of chance--it will help if we clarify differences between the Church and the Kingdom.
Part of our inability to pursue the Kingdom into its true concept is that the modern Church has confused ideas about its own identity and character. Jesus spoke of the Church only three times in the gospels but spoke of the Kingdom some 130 times. He is inseparably joined to both. In its primary aspect the Kingdom embodies the total government of God throughout creation. Nothing is exempt from its authority and power. And while surrendering none of His sovereignty, God has extended authority and responsibility to the Church; this extension of His power to us is one which He expects to be exercised. Failure results because the Church has alienated herself from the Kingdom, denied the miraculous presence of the Holy Spirit, and lost the power.
The Church and Kingdom differ in that the Church is confined, local, and dependent; the Kingdom is universal, cosmic, eternal. The Kingdom gives; the Church receives. Even so, the Church is the instrument by which the Kingdom is revealed. It does that, in part, by preaching the "gospel of the Kingdom," explaining the "mysteries of the Kingdom," and interpreting the "parables of the Kingdom."
Presently, the role of Jesus is to subdue all opposition to that Kingdom and ultimately restore total command to the Father. We read this in 1 Corinthians 15:24-29: "Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For ‘He has put all things under His feet.' But when He says ‘all things are put under Him,' it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all."
Amazingly, part of the Church's Kingdom-role is to participate with Jesus in the subjugation of that opposition. No where is the delegated authority of God more exemplified than in this extension of Kingdom power. Without surrendering any measure of sovereignty, God has given authority and responsibility to the Church. Please know, authority does not exist without responsibility. Jesus said, "If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God then the Kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:28-29. He then extended that same Kingdom power to the disciples: "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19. The Church's exercise of Kingdom authority is maximized in Revelation 12:10-13: "Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,'Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they (the believers) overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time." Christians who refuse to exercise the authority Christ has committed them cannot blame God for the crisis they needlessly endure.
Jesus never intended the Church to become the powerless institution we see today. He established a living organism; we have made it into an organization. He meant the Church to be a vigorous, pulsating body of believers who were joined to Him and each other through a mutual, loving encounter with the Holy Spirit. We have changed it into an organization held together by doctrinal agreement--and in many cases held together without the Holy Spirit. We humanized what He meant to be Divine. To Jesus, the Church was a community of believers drawing life and identity from the all-powerful Kingdom. We have denominationalized it into impotent, competitive camps which have no vision, no power, no motivation. He wants us to be Kingdom-conscious, beholding the magnitude of the Universe both within our bodies and beyond the imagination of our minds. Only then can we see
"... Creation's chartless realm,
Compressed inside the tiniest cell.
But more than that, to understand
God's whole in intent in nature
Is inscribed in every cell of man."
SUPPOSITION: A FALSE SUBSTITUTE FOR FAITH.
"When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon ... striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves." Acts 27:13,14,41.
It is possible for believers to be seduced by a subtle imitation of faith. That seduction is supposition. Instead of hearing "what the Spirit is saying," Revelation 3:13, people are directed by the deceptive appearance of circumstances. Supposition caused Paul's shipwreck, Mary and Joseph's anxious days searching for Jesus in Jerusalem occurred because they "supposed he was in the crowd." Luke 23:44,45. Identically, such presumption has brought frustration to millions of conscientious believers. Note, that in Paul's case, disaster struck when winds that had been friendly finally drove the ship into a "place where two seas met." This metaphor, "where two seas met," describes church-crisis in a phenomenal way. Whether it be Paul anciently or Christians currently, the end result of supposition is disaster. I can say without hesitation that the greatest mistakes made in my fifty-six years of preaching were based on "supposition"--not the Spirit's leadership. As a result, I too, have fallen into that turbulent area of two seas crashing together. What does the expression, "two seas" meeting, imply to the Church? Hear me carefully:
Two different bodies of water, if they are unalike in depth, will also be of conflicting temperatures. Where they come together, as a bay and ocean joining, when the cold water overlays the warm, it will try to sink. The warm water will try to rise. The counter-resistance of these two opposing each other produces a dangerous swirling effect that creates whirlpools. This same condition in the atmosphere develops tornadoes. Spiritually, numerous churches are caught in this same pattern. Some members want to "rise" in the power of the Spirit and welcome the change He brings. Other members feel compelled to resist, to suppress, to keep "things as they were." Need I say more about church turbulence?
My exhortation to pastors and churches is this: At all costs, avoid the mistake of "supposition." Hear what the Spirit is saying and obey Him alone. Do not suppose you know the time to sail or the time to remain in harbor if He has not expressly told you. Fair skies, calm weather, are not your guide. Get in your closet, shut the door, spiritually live there, pray to the Father who sees in secret, and obey openly when He gives direction. When you have heard His instruction, follow it. Regardless, He may have you sail when storm clouds surround you. Leave the consequence to Him. If you do, you will avoid much crisis in trying to sail where "two seas" are crashing together. I am not suggesting that all pain will be avoided--but I am saying pastors and congregations can be spared needless heartache by following God. Never trust supposition. Be wary of traditions. Many originated because of superstitution. Be led by the Holy Spirit. Not by the deceptive weather.
If you make tragic mistakes, remember the lines of this old hymn:
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help, Love lifted me!