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Ps Clinton Phillips 27th April 2014 (Joel 1:4-9, Psalm 55:12-13, Joel 2:1-15)

Clinton Phillips, April 27, 2014
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Introduction. Winter is over. Prophecy is that the season of winter in our lives is now over, God is bringing us into a new season . Training story - cross trainer. "The winter of my unfitness was over."
As Christians, so used to running through the mill of routine, that we lose our competitive edge. But God is calling us to be passionate about who He is, more interested in what God thinks than what other people think. God is cutting through limitations that we place on ourselves.
Joel 1:4-9. "You know you're having a bad day when the locust comes through..." Consuming locust completely filling one's mind. Joel talking about the things that overrun our lives: insecurity, etc. No matter how much we try to run away from it, it begins to chew at you to the point where it consumes you. But God is now saying that there has been a winter season in your life, but today it is over. About to smash through the thing that has been around your life.
verse 5,6: strong spiritual force has come up against this church for the last 25 years. Significant. A nation of opposition against this place. Heavy over the atmosphere of this place. But God declares that the winter is over, there is a new day, a day of spring of His life. We will be the one who are overcomers. Understand the authority that he's given in your life. Like the ANZACs, against all the odds we're going fight! Be men and women who will serve God in spirit and truth. The facts say that we're broken, but the truth is that God says the winter is over. "**You are the only one who holds you in your winter.**"
The enemy that we could see would be much easier to fight; but our enemy is unseen. What has come up against you? Strong, without number, teeth of a lion - savage. This enemy is not into just playing games, depriving you. Stage 1 is to get you out of God, stage 2 is to ravage you so that you'll never get into God.
Psalm 55:12. People here today with deep grief. Gone through the wringer, beaten and left for dead. On top of all of that there's deep grief. God declares today that winter is over.
Joel 1:9 the drink offering and grain offering is because they had a covenant with God.
Malachi 3:11. Covenant is more than just "I've got to do this". It's a two way street. Relationship. God says "what I have is yours, and what you have is mine". When the priest is crying because the storehouse is low, it's because the covenant has been destroyed.
You do not fight the battle on your own - God is on your side! God will fight for you and rebuke the devourer for your sake.
The good news - winter is over. God is declaring that there's danger. God has got you - God is in control. God wants to sound an alarm to you about the danger that you face.
Joel 2:1-15. Turn to me with all your heart. Are you turning to your hurt? What are you turning to? God says would you turn to me - give him all your heart. With fasting, weeping and mourning - repentance.

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