When God Shows Up

When God Shows Up

Sometimes we have to willingly stand in the rain to see God.

  • WHEN GOD SHOWS UP
  • PETER IN PRISON

Acts 12:4-10
4 After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover. 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. 6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

  • God Showed Up for Peter!
    • Getting Up Was Obedience = Chains Fell Off
    • Application: He might be telling you to get up today
      • Though you are surrounded
      • Though you are chained
      • Even in the presence of your enemies, your captors, and your demons
      • Declare: “Today, when we get up in obedience, chains fall off.”
    • He Followed In The Midst Of A Fog Of Not Knowing His Reality
      • His Following Led To The Gate Opening By Itself
        • YOU DON’T HAVE TO OPEN THE GATE, THE GATE WAS NEVER THE BARRIER.
        • If you will get up in obedience, then follow by faith in spite of the fog of confusion, GOD WILL GET YOU TO FREEDOM!
      • The Gate Must Obey
      • Our choice is to get up. Get up one more time.
      • Get back in one more time. Get right one more time.
      • Then follow, not matter how crazy and confused you are
      • Follow.
      • Follow like you have never followed before and you will see things you have never seen before.

Isaiah 45:8
“Let the clouds send down showers of deliverance! Let the earth absorb it so salvation may grow, and deliverance may sprout up along with it.”

  • THE RAIN
    • The rain ends drought, and brings life.
    • The rain for DELIVERANCE, SALVATION and GROWTH.
    • God’s people, the Israelites, were lead to a country where there were no natural water resources.
    • They were completely dependent upon the One Who makes it rain.
    • The Walk & Carry (SHOW PICS)
      • Signified what Jesus did for us
      • He carried you
      • He carried me
      • The weight was heavy
      • Uncomfortable
      • Back aching/Shoulder trembling
    • My Sisterhood Moment: “I Couldn’t Get Away From The Weight”
    • In our practice run, it was so easy for me because I was short. No matter how we configured it, it was light
      • At this level of church, you cannot escape the weight.
      • At this level of church, you cannot bear it all
      • At this level of church, you must bear all that you can because it is your calling
    • We asked God to show up
      • We asked Him to end the drought in our lives
      • We asked to SEND THE RAIN
      • It started to really come down when we started the WALK/CARRY
      • As you were being carried, the rain was hitting your face, pouring into your soul, bringing new life.
      • WE ASKED HIM TO SHOW UP AND HE DID!
    • THE DRY SEASON IS OVER
      • GOD IS BRINGING THE RAIN
      • IN OUR HEARTS
      • IN OUR FAMILIES
      • IN OUR MINISTRIES
      • IN OUR CHURCH
      • IN THE 107’S