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| Sermon by Prophet Kobus van Renburg |
RISE UP AND OUT
GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES
In Genesis 12 God spoke to Abram and told him to go out of the country and the land to the place that He would show him. Hebrews 11 says that he left without knowing where it was, but he trusted God and went on His Word. That is faith. There is no other thing such as blind faith. If you know that you can do something, you do not need faith. Faith is the substance of the things hoped for and the evidence of the things not seen. God gave Abram a promise that He would change his name and he that was going to be the father of many nations even though he was then already a hundred years old.
Romans 4:17 (Amplified) As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and SPEAKS OF THE NONEXISTENT THINGS that [He has foretold and promised] AS IF THEY ALREADY EXISTED. [Genesis 17:5].
Romans 4:17 (KJV) (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickens the dead, and CALLS THOSE THINGS WHICH BE NOT AS THOUGH THEY WERE.
Abraham went because he had a Word from the LORD. He went by faith, knowing that God can call things that are not as though they were.
We all have promises, visions and prophetic words from God. We have desires, thirst and dreams, but how many of those things of all that have been promises, do we have? Are the most of those things only still dreams? Abram went, knowing that God calls the things that are not so as if they were.
Romans 4:21 (Amplified) And being fully persuaded that, WHAT HE HAD PROMISED, HE WAS ABLE ALSO TO PERFORM.
God will keep His Word!
God will bring the promises to pass!
Romans 4:22-24(a) (Amplified) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him. But for US also…
This was written for our sakes! God will call the things that we do not yet see as if they already are! God will keep His promises and we will see it come to pass!
Romans 4:25 (Amplified) Who was betrayed and put to death because of our misdeeds and was RAISED TO SECURE OUR JUSTIFICATION (our acquittal), [making our account balance and absolving us from all guilt before God].
Romans 5:10 (Amplified) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that WE SHALL BE SAVED (DAILY DELIVERED from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.
Abram had a word to go, that he will have a son and through this, he would become the father of many nations. At the end he would be the father of anyone who believes (Galatians 3:29). Abraham became the father of faith because he believed that God could call the things that we not as if they were – even giving him a son although he was already an old man. He believed that if God said it, He could do it.
Jesus died for us and proved what Abraham believed by daily helping him. The same way God will help us daily; He will daily deliver us; He will daily see to it that now that Christ is risen from the dead, the promises that He gave us to keep us away from sin and unrighteousness, that blocked the promises of God in our life, will be stopped that you will walk in the promises of God. It was not very easy for Abram to believe even though God appeared to him, because he was already hundred years old.
GET OUT OF THE CIRCLE OF CIRCUMSTANCES
Genesis 15:1 (Amplified) After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I AM YOUR SHIELD, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great.
God already brought the wine and the bread and blessed him and gave him the promises.
Genesis 15:2 (KJV) And Abram said, Lord GOD, WHAT WILL YOU GIVE ME, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou have given no seed: and the one born in my house is mine heir.
Although God appeared to Abram a few times and blessed him, he asked God where the child was. He believed God, as the One Who called the things that was not as if they were. Romans 4 says that he believed God, but if you read Genesis 15:2 is does not seems like he believed God. What is the connection?
Genesis 15:3-6 (Amplified) And Abram continued, Look, You have given me no child: and [a servant] born in my house is my heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, This man shall not be your heir; but he who shall come from your own body shall be your heir. And he BROUGHT HIM OUTSIDE [his tent into the starlight] and said, LOOK now TOWARD THE HEAVENS and count the stars – if you are able to number them. Then He said to him, So shall your descendants be. And he [Abram] BELIEVED in [trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to] the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness [right standing with God].
Abram already left his hometown and country. He was already travelling by faith. Instead of being the rich man in his country, he lived in a tent. Your circumstance is the circumference that is drawn around you that puts you in a circle of situations that looks too big for you to get out of. In your circumstances you can only see inside. You only see the wrong and you cannot look outside. That is why God told Abram to get out of his tent and look up. When he looked up, he saw the promise of the stars. That is how his offspring would be.
We are going to walk out of our circumstances and look up and see the promise and believe it.
When you are really living by faith, the devil is scared of you. There was one man, Elisha, and a whole army was sent to capture him.
2 Kings 6:14-18 (KJV) Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, and host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! How shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that are WITH us are more than they that are WITH them are. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, OPEN HIS EYES, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire ROUND ABOUT ELISHA. And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smote this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.
The servant saw the circumstances, but Elisha did not even go out. Elisha recognized that there was an army that was with them that was greater than the army that was with the enemy. Elisha did not say that they were two and the enemy was three thousand! He said that they were surrounded by a heavenly host of angels that encamped around them that fear the LORD. See in Psalm 34:7 & Hebrews 12:1 that the cloud that surrounds us was there from before Jesus rose from the dead. When Job was in trouble, they asked him to whom of the saints that surrounded him he will pray for help (Job 5:1). Elisha recognized that there were only a few demons with the enemy, but they were surrounded with a heavenly host of angels and saints.
Elisha and the servant were surrounded with the enemy, but although the servant doubted, God opened his eyes and he saw the heavenly army that surrounded them and fought for them.
WHERE DOES YOUR HELP COME FROM?
Psalm 121 says that he lifted up his eyes to the mountains and asked where his help will come from. His help was from the LORD, Who made the heavens and the earth. Abram went, because he believed God what He promised him. On the way he doubted and asked how, but God took him out of the circumstance and let him look at the stars in the heaven. God promised him that his descendants will be like the stars in the heaven and he believed God and therefore he was righteous before God. That was also written for us. Elisha and his servant were in a circumstance and without looking, Elisha believed God.
He knew that those with them were more that those that were with the enemy. The servant doubted, but Elisha asked God to open his eyes and he saw that horses with chariots of fire surrounded them. If we look to the hills, where shall our help come?
The story of Psalm 121 is the one where the people came from Jericho through the hills and then there were enemies that wanted to attack them (similar to the parable of the Good Samaritan). There were idols on the mountaintops and when they traveled through the hills and were scared, they looked to the idols for help. The Psalm writer looked up to them and asked where his help shall come from? He looked up higher than the hills and said that his help comes from the LORD, Who made the heavens and the earth.
It does not matter whether circumstances, enemies or situations surround you; the question is, ‘Where are your eyes?’ We must look to Jesus and while looking at Him, we must run our race with patience (Hebrews 12:1-3). 1 Corinthians 9 says that everyone that runs a race runs to get a prize. We all must run our races to get the prize. Running a race means that we must keep our focus on a prize so that we are not hindered while running towards it. Galatians 5:7 says that you have run well, but who hindered you? For every one of us there are a lot of things in store, but we must go and get them. On the way there will be situations and circumstances that will try to hinder you to get what God has planned for you. Nobody has everything that God has planned for him. When you come to a place that you say that you are rich and have it all, you are blind, poor, naked and wretched and you need salve for your eyes to see, gold tried in fire and white raiment to cover your nakedness (Revelation 3:17-18). How are we running the race?
We must run the race to get the promises. We have run well, but where are all the things, the power, the glory, and the promises that we are supposed to have? On the road we have been going on and on, but somewhere on the road, we’ve come to a sign that read, “Dead End.” As we looked to the sign another one said “No U Turn.” People run their races and they look all around, but Isaiah 30:21 says that there shall be a voice behind you that says, “This is the way, walk you in it, when you want to turn to the left or to the right.” When the battle comes, you must stand and keep on standing (Exodus 14, 2 Chronicles 20 and Ephesians 6). When it comes to the race, you must run. When you come to lustful temptations, you must flee. When it comes to faith, you walk.
What do we do when we come to the sign that says, “Dead End” when you want to turn, but there is no turn? There is another sign that says that you cannot park here (Psalm 18). You cannot look back. In Exodus 14 when the Israelites came to the Red Sea, they could not turn around because Pharaoh was behind them. Moses told them that as they saw the Egyptians that day they would never see them again. God told Moses to go forward, but there was a “Dead End!” They could not make a “U-Turn” and there was a “No Parking” sign. God said, “Forward!”
GOD LIFTS US UP
2 Samuel 22:47-51 (KJV) The LORD lives; and blessed be my Rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. It is God that avenges me, and that brings down the people under me. And that brings me forth from mine enemies: thou also have LIFTED ME UP on high above them that rose up against me: thou have DELIVERED ME from the violent man. Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shows mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
Tides rise around you and the tides are the circumstances, poverty, sicknesses, enemies, gossiping, slandering, defeat and business failure, but God will lift us up. Because He lifts us up, we will praise Him. Jehoshaphat said that there were three armies attacking them and that there was no strength in them against the armies. They then called upon God and said that their eyes were on Him. They lifted up their eyes away from the distraction of the armies and then the Spirit of the LORD came in the midst of them. The LORD said that the battle was not theirs, but His. Jehoshaphat said that they could not run away, they could not park there, neither could they go on, but they would praise the LORD in the beauty of His Holiness. They blessed the LORD and praised Him for His mercies and goodness that endures forever. God sent an ambushment of angels in the enemy’s camp so that they were confused and started slaying each other. All of them were dead and Jehoshaphat just stood there. Isaiah 59:19 says that when the enemy comes in, like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.Romans 8:31 says if God is for us, who can be against us?
Psalm 3:1-8 (KJV) LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there are which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me: MY GLORY, and THE LIFTER UP OF MINE HEAD. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of HIS HOLY HILL. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD SUSTAINED me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me ROUND ABOUT. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou have smitten all mine enemies upon the cheekbone. Thou have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
We must make the decision that our circumstances will not be the governing factor in our lives. The God, Who is our LORD, is our governing factor. We must not look to the left not to the right. When we come to the “Dead End” and there is a “No U-Turn” sign and we cannot sit down because there is a “No Parking” sign also, then we look up to the One that is our Help. He will lift our heads above the circumstance.
When Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus, it was quite a “Dead End.” He was already in the grave for four days and stank. Behind Him were all the people that came to see the Glory and in front of Him was the stone that covered the grave. He made a promise and He could not turn back. He could not just stand there, because all the eyes were on Him. He lifted up His eyes toward heaven and thanked the Father for always hearing Him. He made contact and knew He was above the circumstance. Then He commanded them to roll the stone away. He shouted with a loud voice and Lazarus came out of the grave and was restored to life.
MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES
How are we going to be lifted above our circumstances of “Dead End’s” where there are “No U-Turn’s” and “No Parking” signs? We’ve heard about the praises and the thanksgiving. We’ve heard about the lifting of our eyes.
From Isaiah 40 to Isaiah 51 God says that there is no one that can stands beside Him and no one can be compared with Him.
Isaiah 40:26 (KJV) LIFT UP YOUR EYES ON HIGH, and behold who hath created these things, that brings out their host by number: he CALLS them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one fails.
John Bevere says that your days must start with a “Wow” because when you look outside and see the trees and flowers, you cannot even make one of them on your best day. When God took Abram outside to see the stars, He showed him that He is the One Who calls the things that are not so to be. When God took Job outside to the stars, He asked him if he was there when He created them all. God calls them by name so you cannot argue with Him.
Isaiah 40:27(a) (KJV) Why say thou, O Jacob, and speaks, O Israel…
Why do you, Susan, Mary, Kobus, Peter, John ask and speak, when all the stars are in place?
Isaiah 40:27 (KJV) Why say thou, O Jacob, and speaks, O Israel, My WAY AND LOT is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
‘Lot’ means a circumstance or situation, sickness, business, poverty or finances. We look at it and say that it is hidden from the LORD.
Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV) Have thou not known? Has thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might He INCREASES strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that WAIT or lifts up their eyes upon the LORD shall RENEW their strength; they shall MOUNT UP with wings as eagles; they shall RUN, and NOT BE WEARY; and they shall WALK, and NOT FAINT.
RUN AND WALK, BUT DO NOT FLY
This is the year of increase and abundance and more! If you are sitting in the circumstance and you have been running well, but came to a “Dead End” and you know that you cannot stay there and neither can you turn around, but you have to get out, you have to stretch out your wings – it is the only way out. Soaring on the wings of an eagle is the only way out. You’ve got to rise higher and higher till you are above your circumstance. When you’ve caught the wind of the Spirit (Ezekiel 3 & 8:1 & 11:1), the Spirit lifts you up and set you on a hill. It happens when you wait upon the LORD and you praise Him, worship Him, exalt His Holy Name and not complain about your situation. He lifts you when you do not look back at where you are coming from, you do not talk about the people slandering you, but only say, “My trust is in the LORD. The LORD is my Rock and my Fortress and in Him will I trust.”
Then you will feel a wind, like a mighty rushing wind, that fills the house and it will lift you out of your situation, but you will not fly! He says that you will run and walk, but not fly! The only thing that He does is to take you out of your “Dead End” and put you on your race again. You then have to keep on running and you will not get weary. Keep on walking and you will not faint. Then you walk by faith again and your trust is in Him; you run with the fire of the Spirit on this race that is set before you with your eyes on the prize.
Psalm 103:1-5 (Amplified) Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the LORD, O my soul: and all that is (deepest) within me, bless His holy name. Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the LORD, O my soul, and forget not (one of) all His benefits. Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities. Who heals [each one of] all your diseases. Who redeems your life from the pit of destruction and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies. Who satisfies your mouth [YOUR NECESSITY AND DESIRE at your PERSONAL AGE AND SITUATION] with good things so that thy youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring].
Our circumstances, situations and ages differ. Our personalities and finances differ. Our work situations differ. Bless the LORD therefore, Who forgives and heals and meets you at your personal age and circumstance and situation. We cannot expect the little boy, a mature man and an old man to have the same needs. All of them differ in situations and needs. God meets us exactly where we are. All of us run our own races and there is no competition. Do not compare yourself with another.
If the wind of the Spirit catches you because you are prepared to set your eyes on Jesus and not on the circumstances, then you praise Him for Who He is and what He did for you. You worship Him for Who He is and not for what you can get out of Him. You will then be lifted by the wind of the Spirit you will soar. Soaring takes you over the wall of resistance; the circumstances and situations so that you can run and not get weary, walk and not faint. It is not to fly in the sky like a bird, but you will soar like an eagle on the wind over the resistance and be dropped on course to run your race again.
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