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Adjustment—Alignment—Advancement 1-4-09

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Kicking off new year

·                    Last year have had some huge wins

o       Develop

This year

·                    As I’m praying for church year—Advance—take to next level

o       Relationship

·                    Some great opportunities

o       9 number of fruit of Spirit

o       Fullness of pregnancy

·                    Announcement/vision cast

Prayer Fasting

·                    Marriage Seminar

·                    Blessing Seminar

·                    Special Speakers

·                    Not mention all

o       Excited—opt develop grow

o       I believe God wants us to advance

In the big picture

·                    Nations have been hitting some pretty choppy waters

·                    Develop

What is God doing

·                    How do we do OUR PART in it

Good news

·                    He’s still the Lord of Heaven and earth

o       We are His people

·                    God has a portion for US in this season that’s very strategic/blessed

·                    Challenge is finding our place

Macro/Micro extremes

·                    What is OUR assignment

·                    How do we navigate in the midst of this season?


·                    Unprecedented collision of events

·                    Develop

So How Does God want us to respond??

Few Words of what God is doing


·                    Alignment

·                    Advancement

I believe this is one of the greatest moments in history for BOC

·                    But we need to let Adjustment/Alignment work in our lives



·                    Shaking

o       In History see season of shaking

o       God has a pattern

o       Away in midst of times

·                    BOC—good news—purification

·                    World—bad news—judgment

·                    Mal 3-4 Review




In the Natural we see fruit of this thing:  Sifting

·                    Stock Market

·                    False Profits—Bubble

·                    Housing market

·                    Political upheaval

·                    Gas

Nations impacted

·                    Dubai

·                    Detroit

No doubt about it—adjustment happening

·                    Interesting not just in one place—but in NATIONS

Hag 2:4

6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, Kingdom


·                    Are we in ultimate time?  Don’t know

·                     I know this Kingdom pattern works in a lot of different ways


and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’


In fact 9 says what HE’s going to bring will be GREATER than ever before

·                    Summarize/paraphrase shaking verse

says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”


4 But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.

In verse 6-7 the Lord tells of a great shaking that is coming to all nations

·                     But before He reveals that-- He encourages His people

·                     Be STRONG

·                     Do not FEAR

I'm in this thing

·                     I'm in the midst of this shaking

·                     I'm in the midst of what you're about to go through

·                     Because in the MIDST of this thing you're about to go through

·                     I am there with you

For in the midst of this shaking—the desired of all nations will come.

·                     Jesus, Himself will come in the midst of this thing

·                     And be revealed

    • Some of you need to GRAB this
    • Some of you:  there’s a SHAKING
    • What do I do? 
    • I’m here—DON’T BE AFRAID
    • I’m going to REVEAL myself in the midst of what you are going through

·                     And ULTIMATELY—after the shaking and all that goes on

·                     I will FILL this place with my glory

·                     And grant PEACE in this place

Yes, a shaking is coming-- but hang on folks

·                     Because on the other side of all this

·                     Is my visitation

·                     My habitation

·                     Coming to meet you in the midst of your lives

·                     Hold on-- Be Strong

·                     Don't be Afraid

·                     I'm in the midst of this

·                     And I'm coming to visit you!

I’m in the midst of your adjustment

  • And I will be with You—protect you—in the midst of the fire * Is 43
  • Lord your God in your midst a victorious warrior

The adjustment is like fire of God in Malachi

  • We all go through fire
  • But when study purpose of fire
  • Alignment—advancement

When Adjustment starts working on your life

    • Good stuff—Bad stuff
  • Fears get exposed—weak spots
  • Bad attitudes come to surface
  • Like refiner’s fire—face of goldsmith

It also reveals GOLD

  • FAITH rises
    • Friendship—kids

God reveals your heart in fire/adjustment

  • You see quickly where you’re faking it
  • Where you’re real


  • Financial piece
    • How many in shaking made you look closer at the way you do your financial life?
  • Anybody see areas
    • Where did it God’s way—happy
    • Other areas—you didn’t—have a challenge area?.......
  • Adjustment reveals

Adjustment makes me confront my need

  • Weakness

And it forces a decision

  • Will I come into right alignment????
    • That itself is a HUGE decision
    • Are we going to operate as situational atheist??
      • God doesn’t EXIST in this area
  • He’s Lord of my forgiveness
    • Gotta have that
    • Just don’t tell me how to run marriage—job—sex life—finances—relationships—time
    • When in that situation not in RIGHT alignment with God?
      • You need an ADJUSTMENT

According to Matt 7:24  24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”[2]

  • Both men went through SHAKING
  • Why fall???—didn’t ALIGN!!
  • Not DOING word

Alignment will INTERUPT your life

  • You will learn NEW WAYS to do life
  • Develop

OR are we going to walk in KOG

  • We are people of FAITH
    • Exciting thing:  those that LOVE God
    • Adjustment causes them to RUN to Him!!
    • Run to alignment—knows it’s safe
  • Who are we?
  • People of FAITH!
  • We didn’t get here by cowering in a corner
    • God has good stuff for us—even in this time
    • I believe God is at work for Good for us in days ahead
  • Thos who trust in the Lord will be as Mount Zion . . .
  • In EVERYTHING God is at work for Good . . .

  • Will I come into alignment???

But that leads us to the SECOND word

  • Alignment

Remember His motive:

  • Blessing
  • Hope

What does it mean to come into alignment?  (Change wording—make this a major—grass roots—easily grasped application statement—that will be followed by a concise list—practical—right where we live)

When I align with God’s way

  • I Live in the house under the scarlet cord (explain/develop)


  • Covering Protection
  • Don’t walk outside

BECAUSE she stayed in HOUSE

  • Came into Alignment
  • She got a PROMOTION—became a part of lineage of JESUS

Abide in Shadow of Almighty Ps 91

What does it PRODUCE in my life??

  • Greater Love—Intimacy with God
    • Deeper worship
    • Deeper answers
    • Unlocks PROVISION
    • Deeper Prayer—ANSWERS to prayer
    • Takes you places never would have gone on own
    • Produces Release
  • Creativity—stirred
    • Giftings released
    • Greater release

Protection, Grace and Provision

  • Anointing
  • Strength
  • Repentance—change of thinking
    • Need to say YES to fire

Some of you

  • God wants to deal with area of finances
  • Let Him work—say YES to Him
  • Don’t fight
  • Come into alignment
  • Other side—blessed


  • Principles of Word are my compass
  • Character of God—in my character—godly
  • Integrity/uprightness
  • Move in OPPOSITE Spirit
    • Finances—two extremes  of world view
    • Usury—examples
    • Hoarding—poverty—isolation
      • Destroys PEOPLE
      • Destroys ECONOMIES:  Deflation—Japan
  • KOG:  Generosity
  • Give and it shall be given to you
    • Sowing out

God can do more with your 90% in your life than you could ever do with your 100%.

  • Stewardship—wisdom in how manage


I believe there is great provision—blessing for BOC

  • In fact, I am reminded of the principles of scripture
    • Whether advancdement of Isaac who became wealthy in midst of famine
    • Or children of Israel—when Egypt plagues their land was blessed
    • But key in scripture—came into alignment!


Sowing and Reaping

In midst of yielding to Adjustment—coming into alignment

  • Transformation
  • Purification


Adjustment and alignment

  • Births us into seasons of ADVANCEMENT

Can you advance in seasons of shaking?

  • Biblically—yes  (Not saying no hard times)
  • Guaranteed—yes—though it will look like what GOD wants it to
    • Financial—yes
    • Sustained in

Blessings of Malachi

I believe greater anointing coming on church

  • On other side of shaking
  • Within it
  • Desire of NATIONS coming

Hag 2: 21 21 “Tell Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah, that I am about to shake the heavens and the earth. 22 I will overthrow royal thrones and destroy the power of foreign kingdoms. I will overturn their chariots and riders. The horses will fall, and their riders will kill each other.

23 “But when this happens, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, I will honor you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant. I will make you like a signet ring on my finger, says the Lord, for I have chosen you. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”


Signet Ring:   define

  • It was INTIMATE part of King’s life
  • I’m bringing you into greater Intimacy
  • In the throne room
  • King’s decree/authority

The signet ring of the king sealed every royal decree

The Ring was treasured--precious

The king WORE it-- it went whereever HE went

It was protected-- for it carried the AUTHORITY of the King


There is an authority in God

That He decrees--proclaims through His people

Let your Kingdom Come-- your Will be Done on earth as it is in heaven

Is a prayer of the signet ring

It is a prayer of the authority of the Kingdom of light

Destroying the Kingdom of darkness


It is the authority of the love and power of Jesus

Destroying the authority/kingdom of darkness

Breaking bondages off of life

Seeing false kingdoms of sin and torment

Overturned by the Kingdom of God

And seeing people RELEASED into freedom




I’m putting my AUTHORITY on you

  • You will be my ambassadors
  • You carry the King’s decree
  • Authority

How many know

  • This is hour when world looking for answer
  • Amazing window of opportunity—harvest is ripe

We want to meet opportunity in practical ways

  • In Spiritual ways
  • This is our time





[1]The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Hag 2:4-9). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

[2]Tyndale House Publishers. (2004). Holy Bible : New Living Translation. "Text edition"--Spine. (2nd ed.) (Mt 7:24-27). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.

[3]Tyndale House Publishers. (2004). Holy Bible : New Living Translation. "Text edition"--Spine. (2nd ed.) (Hag 2:21-23). Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers.

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