Greater Things Are Yet To Come

THERE IS NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD.
GREATER THINGS ARE YET TO COME.


Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. John 14:12



Greater things are yet to come church of the hills ingram texas lamb creek
It doesn’t take an MIT graduate to discern where the American “goddess of freedom” has taken us in recent days.

 

Her mantra and rant in this hour is, “‘I’ am free to do anything ‘I’ want to do and you ‘haters’ who oppose my freedom to do what I want, will be shut out of everything.”

 

That’s right, it’s coming soon to a city near you. All who worship this “goddess of freedom”, will try to enact laws that justify their own precepts, granting them the legal right to shut down anyone who even speaks against them—all in the name of “freedom”.

 

From recent news—taste of the work of those who worship her

 

> Houston, Texas
City Council led by mayor Mayor Annise Parker, the nation’s first openly lesbian big-city mayor, pushed through a proposal that elevated sexual preference to a constitutionally protected class. The city was vocally divided on it. But pass the measure did.

 

> NFL- the role models for young men? Not any more.
Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam is the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft. Miami Dolphins defensive back Don Jones was fined an undisclosed amount by the team following an incident where he sent out a tweet critical of Michael Sam. Jones was banned from team activities until he undergoes “sensitivity” training.

 

> National Talent Shows are no longer an aspiration for wholesome young people.
Last Saturday, while performing the song, ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on last Saturday.

 

Don’t think for one moment that these are not perilous times.

 

America and the entire world are on a giant, slippery slope. Do you think those who espouse these agendas will stop at these activities only? Stiff fines for speaking against and taking a stand opposing gay and lesbian rights are already on the books. This is only the beginning.

 

This is a day to stand for truth as God states it inthe His Word the Bible. The price will be high for those that stand with Him. But the costs are far greater if we don’t. If you ever wondered who is with the Lord and who is not in America, you are about to see it.

 

This is not a day for wringing our hands. This is a day for walking in Holy Spirit led offensive action. This is not a day to run away. We were created and empowered to storm the gates of Hell—to stand against tyranny, lies and deception. For those who are reading this think I am speaking of mass insurrection, you are way off base.

 

Psalm 2

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
he kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”


He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”


“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.


Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

 

This is a day for weeping between the door posts of the gates of the cities—a day for rending our hearts and crying out for mercy—a day for asking God to turn the tide.

 

If there was ever a day when Christians needed to hear His voice every moment, this is it.

 

We must pay attention to the voice of our King and to His leading.

 

The Lord talks to His own in a number of ways: through His Word the Bible, to our hearts, through others, dreams, visions, and impressions. Those who are His, know His voice. Everything we hear must plumb against His Word, the Bible to assure that it aligns with truth.

 

What do we have in our arsenal to storm the gates of Hell?

 

TRUTH. Your testimony of His powerful changes in your own life.
What happens when you hear His Word and speak it out?
FREEDOM HAPPENS— in you and in others.

 

John 3: 31-32
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him,“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 

Who was He talking to here?

 

Believers—those who had been baptized in the power of His Holy Spirit. Those who were already His followers—those who abide in Him. You. Me.

 

You say, “I am already free. I am His. He said His work is finished on the cross. It is done. I am already saved. Baptized. In 1979 I was filled with His Holy Spirit on my grandpas’ porch.  I carry His anointing. What do I need to be free from?” All those things are true. But I am not the one saying that there are more areas you need to be free from. His Word does. He does. There is a “working out of our salvation”. It is more like an unwrapping of the grave clothes that bind us.

 

From glory to glory we are being conformed into His image.

 

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

As His Truth unwraps your grave clothes your hallelujah WILL set others free. Truth sets captives free. His truth. The same One that promised He would die, be raised again, and send His Holy Spirit, promised if you continue in Him He will give you Keys to Kingdom principals. Truth. His Truth WILL set you free.

 

Acts 10:1-11:18
In days of the early church, a devout Roman Centurion named Cornelius was given instruction in a vision to seek out Peter. vs 5-6 “send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”

 

vs 9-16 “The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”

 

But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.” Revelation, truth broke the law off Peter. It became a foundational key of truth for building of the entire church forever.

 

What old laws are still actively working on the books of your heart?

 

 

The New Testament church had truth keys that have been lost to the church today. God is restoring all of them. They have been in His Word all along, but for centuries the official church locked them up inside a language no one understood.

 

It wasn’t’t that they were hiding it. They didn’t know it themselves. It took hungry men like Martin Luther to press into God’s Word. When they saw His truth, they plundered Hell’s gates with it.

 

Don’t be so arrogant as to think only the Catholic church locked up truth.

 

I will have walked with the Lord 44 years next November, in evangelical, Spirit-filled bodies. Churches and ministries with a strong emphasis on the Bible and the full Gospel. On occasion, I have been taught falsehood, man’s ideas. Ideas that sounded good, but were born out of a religious spirit—born out of a spirit of humanism or man’s idea of how to please God and walk with Him.

 

I implore you to test every teaching you hear with the Bible. Making sure you balance the counsel of the whole Word. Press into Jesus, the living Word of God.

 

Set your heart’s gaze to live and walk in the “full gospel”

 

What does it mean to preach the “full gospel”. What is it and how do we do walk in it?

 

Mark 16: 16-18
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

 

I heard about this guy named, Todd White who is walking every day in the “full gospel”.

 

He was given a key of truth from the Holy Scripture that opened the heart of the Father to Him. It was an access key, an understanding of the truth about the “full gospel” from Mark 16:16-18. He took God at His Word. Now Todd goes out into the streets everyday. He lays hands on the sick in Jesus name and people are healed, delivered and set free. Daily. Then when he tells them about the work of the cross of Christ, they are all ears.

 

Walking in this way and praying like this are not prayers one can recite like some magical incantation—point your finger, and mimic another, shouting three times, “Jesus, send your fire. Fire. Fire.” Then expect He will grant you your wish. He is not some big genie in the sky.

 

NO God forbid! No. He will give us truth keys. Truth from His Word we “see” and believe.

 

In the book of James we see God is handing us a truth key.

 

James sets a true foundational principle before us, “Hey brother, He listens. His ear is bent low to hear your requests. He loves you. What Dad wouldn’t’t listen to a request for wisdom and insight? What Dad wouldn’t’t give good counsel to his son or daughter that turns to Him for it? Seriously. If you know He loves you, and you know He will give you wisdom when you ask, You will receive it. You can take that request to the bank.”

 

Set your face toward His Wind. Abide in Him.

 

Many of us have been living with spiritual tinnitus, a ringing our inner ears so long we think that’s normal Christianity. Let our Father continue to heal your ability to hear His voice. Lives depend on it. Yours does. So, do those around you.

 

Last week I heard a sound rising up in my spirit as I remembered a recent song "God of this City" made popular by Chris Tomlin.

 

GREATER THINGS HAVE YET TO COME.
AND GREATER THINGS ARE STILL TO BE DONE IN THIS CITY.

You’re the God of this City
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation

 

THERE IS NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD.

 

Thinking that Tomlin had written it, I pressed in to find out what “truth” from God’s Word he had seen that inspired him. Chris Tomlin is a very prolific songwriter, but he didn’t’t write this one: it was composed by the Northern Irish group Bluetree, who recorded it on their 2007 album Greater Things. You should look this whole story up for yourself. The article I am about to quote from can be found at: http://www.Songfacts.com. It was written from an interview Aaron Boyd of Bluetree. When I went online to the Youtube interview on with Aaron Boyd, a saw this little Irish guy is sitting in a chair and casually recounting the story. Looking at Boyd with my fleshly eye, I wondered what to expect. But what I heard was absolutely amazing. What an amazing insight into our God he had, an earth shaking view.

 

www.Songfacts.com
“We are from a church in Belfast. We get asked by our missions pastors in the church, “Do you want to go to Thailand?” And our guys being our guys, we’re like, “Yeah. No hassle. We’re in.”

And Bangkok is probably the most in your face sex tourist capital of the planet. So we ended up playing at a brothel. Via someone who knew someone, we ended up playing in a bar called the Climax Bar. We had to bring a whole load of Christians with us, who would all buy Coca Cola, and we would have the ability to play a two hour set in the middle of this bar.

 

And I can remember looking out over my left shoulder and seeing just, I don’t know whether or not it was British tourists or whatever, but I can remember just looking out, and here they are in the middle of the street and they’re just hearing these Jesus songs blasting out. And there’s just a pile of them just standing outside the door. And they were just looking. And I would love to know what’s going on in their heads, you know, just going, “Who the heck are these guys singing Jesus songs for in the middle of this street?”

 

And I just began to sing out what I believed God was saying over that city. I just began to say that, you know, God is God of this city, he’s the king of these people, he’s the lord of this nation. And they don’t know that. They don’t know that.

 

And the song was born. The song came out of this love that started to play, a real minor downbeat loop. And it just majored up into this like anthem of the night. And greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city.” from Songfacts.com about the song "God of this City"

 

There are no “diminutive” Christians— when you are full of His truth and power.

 

The enemy of Our Father is mimicking God when he calls those America idols —the actors, actresses, athletes, and musicians —stars. With a mocking, haunting laugh he shrieks, “You said You would fill the earth with children of faith as the stars in the sky. (Gen. 22:17) Well, here are ‘my’ children. They will rule the earth. I’I will call them ‘stars’ ”.

 

Our youngest son, who is in a Texas prison recently wrote in a letter home, “It’s crazy, I never thought I would be here. But God gave me chance after chance. I’m in a good dorm though.There are these two guys who do a Bible study in the dorm Monday-Friday. Also there’s a church service on Saturday. They have a band, a choir and two awesome chaplains. I feel blessed. The two guys call this dorm, “GOD”S DORM.” Listen to that, “GOD’S DORM!." It's a prison—a place where most folks would say is anything BUT God's. Those two understand a truth natural eyes cannot see.

 

He is the Lord of your city. And the the King of your nation. Claim yours for Him.

 

By His promise in His Word, We declare. “Greater things ARE yet to come.” The 50 stars in our flag are His decree that this nation is HIS! Every state in our union.

 

Every city is HIS. America has a King and His name is Jesus!

 

Psalm 2:8

Ask of Me, and I will give You

The nations for Your inheritance,

And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

It’s time for America to bend low before Him.

“A greater than Jonah is here” and His name is Jesus. Luke 11:32

 

 

Dave Rogers

Pastor, Church of the Hills, Ingram, Texas