The Church in Action - Part 1 (5 of 7) by Lenny Ports

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The Church in Action - Part 1 (5 of 7)
Series: The Church
Lenny Ports
1 Timothy 1:18

How many of you were here last week? What a blessing it was to sit under the ministry of Pastor Phil Cappuccio! We believe that God moved in miraculous ways and that lives were forever changed. You see when the Holy Spirit comes in power like He did last week, what you may not understand now will become clearer and clearer with each passing day. You see, many times when the PROPHET comes into the house, and brings a word from God, and the Holy Spirit begins to move in power, it is the role of the pastor-teacher to bring clarity to things scripturally.

Let me address those who received a ''word'' from God. It may have been of a prophetic nature - which means that it came to speak into your future. The gift of prophecy is edification, exhortation, and comfort (Read 1 Corinthians 14:2 AMP). Remember that there is a process that God has to put you through. Depending on what God is calling you to and where you are right now as an individual, God may put you through some tests and some trials to prepare you for the calling on your life. Joseph received a dream that something would take place in his life that his brothers would bow down to him someday. That dream did not become a reality in Joseph's life until he went through some things that prepared him for such a calling. Look at what the word says:

Psalm 105:16 Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. 17 He sent a man before them-- Joseph--who was sold as a slave. 18 They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. 19 Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the Lord tested him.

The key to remember is that God will give you the strength to pass every test that comes your way. Just like He did in the life of Joseph, you too will be given the grace you need to endure all the trials and tests that come to us.

In January of 1987 when I received a propheti ...

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