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Live in the Midst

Up-Dated - Friday, December 06, 2013

Table of Contents
* Point
* Introduction
* Pray Until You Feel The Drops
* Never Accept Anything As Final
* Keep Going Until You See It Coming
* Be Satisfied with Little Things
* Don't Be Surprised If It Is A Big Rain

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John 20:19  "Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."

Text will be explained in context of the sermon.

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Gen 2:5 
"And every plant of the field
before it was in the earth,
and every herb of the field
before it grew:
for the LORD God
had not caused it
to rain upon the earth,
and there was not a man
to till the ground."

Gen 2:6 
"But there went up a mist
from the earth,
and watered the whole face
of the ground."

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A Mist
is a heavy vapor, very damp haze,
heavy wet fog

The Midst

John 20:19 
"Then the same day at evening,
being the first day of the week,
when the doors were shut
where the disciples were assembled
for fear of the Jews,
came Jesus and stood in the midst,
and saith unto them,
Peace be unto you."

The Difference
between "mist" and "midst" is the letter "D".

The Disciples were a little Misty Eyed
Until Jesus came and stood in their Midst

In the case of our Text, John 20.19
The difference between Midst and Mist
is Jesus

The Letter "D" could stand for the

The Divine One
Who was the Captain of the Hostin the Midst of Joshua's Camp

The Deliverer
Who stood in the Midst of the Red Sea
Delivering the Children of Israel from Pharaoh

The Desire of all nations.
Who stood in the Midst
With Moses & Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration

The Door of the Sheepfold
Who stands in the Midst of all the doors that lead from Eternal Life to Eternal Judgment and Punishment

The Dew

Exo 16:13  "…at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host."

Exo 16:14  "

And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground."

The Dew brought the Manna

The Daily Bread

Without Jesus in the Midst, all we have is a Mist
We don't need a drizzel.
We need rain.
We don't need to live in the Mist
We need to live in the Midst
Where Jesus is…

Many are living a Dry Life.

Dry hearts,
Dusty from lack of use.
Trying to reason with our minds instead of listening with our hearts.

Parched from exposure to the Judgment Fires.
Stay around those being judged and you are going to get dried out, burned.

Dry eyes that have not prayed until heaven can down
eared eyes from lack of tears
No heart for the Lost
No care for the unsaved
No concern for the condemned

Dry throats that can't preach the Word to the Lost
Thirsty voices that can't give water, because they don't have water to give.
No Living Water for the sin fevered forehead
No Living Water to bathe the sin weary feet.
No Living Water for the sin burdened back

Dried out, cooked on both sides, just about ready to stick the fork in.

The only water is in the basting to make the dead bird cook a little better.

Just a mist that is soon …
dried out
evaporated
consumed
by the heat

We don't need to live in the Mist
We need to live in the Midst

Where Jesus is…
we need that timely Latter Rain

Some have become satisfied with the Mist.
All that's missing is the "D".
We've got the other 4 letters …
and they spell part of what we need.

A Mist is almost rain.
A Mist is almost satisfactory.
A Mist is better than nothing at all.

All the above may be true.
But, almost is a far cry from fulfillment.

Almost a river is forever a stream.
Almost a member is out of the team.
Almost passing is flunking the test.
Almost a man is a child at best.
Almost a giver is greedy enough.
Almost a battler is way less than tough.
Almost a mountain is never reaching high.
Almost a well is dry by and by.
Almost mature is longtime a kid.
Almost wise is forever wisdom rid.
Almost is never reaching your goal.
Almost is condemned, by Agrippa we're told.

Please turn to 1 Kings 17.1

God's People need a Spiritual Rain.
People are full of corrective statements.

Don't do this
Never do that
Always be careful

But in our attempts to reprove we many times leave out the words that are positive. We tell everyone what not to do, but what should we do?

How do we get Spiritual Rain?

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1 Ki 17:1  "And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word."

Elijah the Tishbite
I like the name Tishbite
sounds like one of those Pit Bulldogs that once he locked his Jaws on you he was there until it thundered.

I may start calling myself Steve the Post FallsBite

Or

Preacher the ChristianBite

No one wants to be known as Puny the FleaBite

Elijah the Tishbite had pronounced a draught on the land for 3 ½ years. He said that there was not even going to be a Dew

Sure enough it did not rain and the land was burnt the animals for the most part were lost the crops were ruined

But now the 3 ½  years were up and Elijah had called Ahab the wicked king to Mt. Carmel where he had challenged the false prophets of the land and the Jezebel's false prophets to pray down fire to consume a Sacrifice.

The false prophets back then are just like the ones today

They can't pray down enough fire to heat up a One Chair Barber Shop.

They can't pray down enough fire to boil the water in my Grandma's Thimble.

Well Elijah prayed down fire from Heaven that consumed the sacrifice then he gave the False Prophets what God's Law for the nation of Israel, said, not to suffer the False Prophet to live.

Now, look at 1 Kings 18.41

1 Ki 18:41  "And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain."

God had shut up the Rain for 3 ½ years but now it was going to rain again.

1 Ki 18:42  "So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,"

While the King was eating and drinking the Prophet was praying.
While the King was celebrating the Rain to come the Prophet was praying.
While the King was slapping his friends on the back and telling funny stories

The Prophet was praying.

1 Ki 18:43  "And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times."

While he was praying he told his helper watch for Rain, go look for clouds.

His song leader came back and said no rain, no clouds

The Old Prophet said, look again and keep on looking until you see something.

1 Ki 18:44  "And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not."

Finally his head usher came back and said there is a little cloud coming up.

Elijah told the king you better get home we are going to get us one of those home floaters like they got in Liberty, TX the other day.

1 Ki 18:45  "And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel."

1 Ki 18:46  "And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel."

We need to be like the First Baptist Church of Jerusalem when they were in the upper room Scared of what was going to happen next

Afraid of the High Priest
Afraid of the Romans
Afraid of who might be the next Traitor

But they kept praying
they prayed that morning before Breakfast
they prayed from after breakfast to noon
they prayed from after noon until evening
they prayed through the night
then on Sunday Morning

Mary Magdelene saw the Resurrected Lord and ran and knocked on the door where the Church was praying and she told them the Lord has risen

Later that evening the 2 men on the Road to Emmaus walked and talked with the Lord and didn't realize who He was until He prayed then they ran back to the First Baptist Church at Jerusalem and knocked on the Church door and told them that Jesus had risen

Then Jesus Himself came and appeared to the Church but he didn't knock.  He just appeared in the ?WHAT? of them?

The Midst.

The Church kept praying until they heard the Knocking
They got their rain

The Church today ought to be like Hannah
She wanted to give birth to a child and it looked like it was not ever going to rain in that respect but  she kept on Praying until she felt the kicking. She got her rain

The Church today ought to be like Paul and Silas
They were in Jail and it looked like Rain was not in the plan but God sent an Earthquake and shook the Jail and the Jailor until the Jailor came running in and shouting Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and that shalt be saved"

Paul and Silas just kept on Praying until they felt the shaking
They got their rain

Daniel was in the Lion's Den with some Cats that had dinner on their mind and he kept on praying until he saw the Angel's coming.  He got his rain

Jonah was in the Whale's Belly with seaweed around his neck with indigestion on his chest and heart burn in his throat

But he kept on Praying until the Whale burped him out on the shore.  He got his rain

We don't need to live in the Mist
We need to live in the Midst
Where Jesus is…

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Look again at 1 Kings 18.43

1 Ki 18:43  "And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times."

Don't stop looking.
Just because you don't see a way, this does not mean there is not a way.

It may not have rained for years but it does not mean it is never going to rain again. Go look again for the clouds

Around here, you need to look West, that is the direction the Rain comes from

Go look again

Acts 1:9  "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight."

It was a Cloudy day when Jesus left this earth

1 Th 4:17  "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

It will be a cloudy day when Jesus comes back for the Church

Mat 24:30 

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

It is going to be a Cloudy day when Jesus comes to close out the Great Tribulation

Rev 14:14  "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle."

It is going to be a cloudy day when Jesus Harvests the Lost who have not placed their trust in Christ

We are not looking for Mist
We are looking for the One
Who stands in the Midst

Just because He has not come in the last 2000 years does not mean He is never coming

2 Pet 3:3  "…there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,"

2 Pet 3:4  "And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."

Indeed, where is the Promise of His Coming???

James said …

James 5:8  "Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

It is near
It is one day closer than it was yesterday.

It is near
for those that are watching will be able to see Him before the rest

It is near and He is coming for me and those that are saved.

It is near
The song writer wrote …
I can hear the chariots rumbling
I can hear the horses' feet

1 Cor 4:2  "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful."

Keep looking
The Steward is to be found on the job

We don't need to live in the Mist
We need to live in the Midst
Where Jesus is…
We are looking for that Latter Rain

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1 Ki 18:43  "And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times."

Go again seven times
Go seventy times seven

Let some one else keep track of the progress just keep on praying for Rain

Keep on
listening for the knocking
feeling for the kicking
looking for the Quaking
praying for the whale to have a little indigestion

I am tempted to say keep going until you see it coming but that is not what I want to say

Keep going to you "faith" it coming.

2 Cor 5:7  "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"
"for by faith we stand"

2 Cor 4:18  "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen …"

1 Cor 13:12  "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face…"

"The Just shall live by faith"

"Moses, by faith, forsook Egypt …"

We don't need to live in the Mist
We need to live in the Midst
Where Jesus is…
We are looking for that Latter Rain and we are looking for it by Faith

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"There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea like a man's hand"

don't be satisfied with the Mist but we can be satisfied with the little things.

A little Cloud can bring a big rain
the young boy had only 7 loaves and a few little fishes

do you remember the parable of the Pounds when the Lord returned and asked the one to whom he gave 10 pounds???

Luke 19:16  "Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds."

Luke 19:17  "And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities."

Listen to what it says
He was faithful in very Little but still was given charge over 10 cities

John 12:35  "Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth."

We only have Jesus with us for a little while but that little amount is sufficient enough

Just a little

1 Cor 5:6  "…Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?"

It does not take much only a little

Just a little

Jesus said,

Luke 12:32  "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

It does not take a big flock
A little one will do just fine

We don't need to live in the Mist
We need to live in the Midst
Where Jesus is…
We are looking for that Latter Rain
Even if it comes only for a little while

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1 Ki 18:45  "And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel."

We are not talking about a Mist
We are talking about a Rain and the Lord was in the Midst of this Rain

"Oh ye of little faith"

Who thought that the Lord could only provide
* a Mist
* a fog
* a drizzle

But God sent a real rain
I remember in the Late 60's. We were living in a little house north and east of town and there blew in a Hurricane down at Brownsville.

The Weather people in their infinite knowledge decided to slow the wind down by making the storm rain

So they seeded the clouds and sure enough it slowed the wind down but by the time it got to our home town it had decided to really rain and that morning it rained over 18 inches for every square foot of ground there was 18 inches of water on top of it

When the water came it came and there was flooding but Jesus was in the Midst and there were homes ruined but Jesus was in the Midst and there were businesses ruined but Jesus was in the Midst

Phooey on the Mist
or a little dewor a misting rain
we need a real Latter Rain

We need one of those Rains
where when you are under a tin roof
you can't hear your self think

We need one of those Rains
that floats off all the trash
that washes off all the filth
that greens up all the fields

But even then
We need for Jesus to be in the Midst of it.

Sermon Outline From Pastor James

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