THE RIDGE – FORT WAYNE BIBLICAL INTERCESSION – 2 COR 4:6

Thank you for the privilege of sharing /IHOP 8 yrs / Family - Intro Huge change about to came into our lives last April * 9 years - began in China - end discovered the govt policy to many children * 3.5 years in Guatamaula - twin girls who we never met and did not adopt but our involvement in their abandonment allowed them to be placed in a permanent home. * 3 years waiting process in Nica * What a ride.....miracles obvious now....but it was crazy during those days..... Read something a friend of mine wrote - just before he brought home 3 special needs boys from the Ukraine “My friends, adoption is redemption. It’s costly, exhausting, expensive, and outrageous. Buying back lives costs so much. When God set out to redeem us, it killed Him. And when He redeems us, we can’t even really appreciate or comprehend it, just like my boys will never comprehend or fully appreciate what is about to happen to them...but they will live in the fruit of it. As their Daddy, I will never expect them to understand all of this or even to thank me. I just want to watch them live in the benefits of my love and experience the joys of being an heir in my family. This is how our heavenly “Papa” feels towards us. Today, settle your busy heart down and rest in the benefits of redemption. enjoy the fruits of His goodness, and stop trying to “pay him back”. You will never get close you goofy little kid.” Prayer for Gary and Kelly Open your Bibles to 2 Cor 4:6 - I want to talk to you this am about one of my favorite topics: Biblical Intercession – when I got a hold of this it literally changed my prayer life. No one denies that Prayer is a good thing....its the veiw of Prayer that can be a problem. Prayer Changes Things....old bumper sticker statement that has been around for years. Problem with this statement is that – its not Prayer – Its God who changes things.....when we begin to embrace prayer as a tool...a means to accomplish what we want....we miss the point. Prayer changes us....its God who is our Great reward – whether the circumstances shift or not. He is enough. Especially when we talk about something as important as Prayer It is critical that we are not coming to God with Prayers that are ill focused or misdirected but in agreement with the very heartbeat of Heaven. This is part of why Jesus said pray this way....as it is in Heaven let it be upon the Earth.... *The truth is if we are honest that Earth has directed much of our Prayer life * And our Prayer agenda - things that leave us feeling Distance.... * Jesus instruction was the complete opposite - begin with Heaven! Matt 6:9-10 I would submit that one of the most critical needs of the Church in this hour is that we get a vision of Prayer that is in alignment with the Truth of Good news of Gods heart for us in this hour! It is both liberating and invigorating to our prayer life. And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 12/09/2012 page 1

THE RIDGE – FORT WAYNE BIBLICAL INTERCESSION – 2 COR 4:6
Biblical Intercession 1 Where do we begin? How about at the beginning... - Gen 1, and 3 - Adam and Eve 9 (Chair) • Gods passion to make man - out of Desire - Partnership - let us make man in our image and let him rule....have dominion. Amazing Gods heart was and is about this partnership • It is difficult to portray in weak words the power of the change that occurred in Gen 3 ....saw ....took it....ate it..... • It was more than an apple it was the breaking of the intentional partnership of Heaven with Humanity in Gen 1 • The Change that occurred went into the generations....it affected every human soul...it affected creation....this perfect union of Gods provision and partnership not just marred but completely broken. Sin Sickness death and separation..... • According to Genesis 3:4 it was but a moment and the weight of that revelation came to Adam and Eve...their eyes were opened and they knew...Rom 5:18 by the sin of the one man all were made sinners.....all affected.... • One word that sums up the mess that occurred the most....DISTANCE • All that man was created for was devastated • System of law only served as a reminder of ….. Distance...... Now it should be well Noted.... Virtually every religious system of the World attempts to address the affects of this Brokenness and Distance.... 2. Thousands of years later....but in reality at the foundation of the world....( Rev 13:8, 2 Tim 1:9) • We find another man in the Garden....the last Adam...God in the flesh ( 2 Cor 15:45 ) Jesus! • Later on a Cross where Jesus took the full weight of sin, its punishment and the entire system that was connected to dealing with mens sin and took it away..... • Romans 5:18-19 through the sin of the one...many were made sinners...but through the obedience of the one - Jesus many were made Righteous! • 2 Cor 5:21 - he made him who knew no sin to be made sin on our behalf in order that we might become....the righteousness of God in Christ....Why.....Eph 1:4 Righteousness : the sum total of all that God commands and approves. As such it is not only what God demands, but what He gives to man, and which is appropriated by faith; Biblical Intercession is about Agreeing with the Truth of the Light of the Gospel! He came to seek and save that which was lost...... Gen 1 Partnership • No Distance from God or from man • Partnership

And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 12/09/2012 page 2

THE RIDGE – FORT WAYNE BIBLICAL INTERCESSION – 2 COR 4:6
• • 2 Cor 4:4 however says that unlike Adam and Eve....the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that hey might not see the light of the gospel..... Day and night accuser stands....accusing God and man.......He is not good and you are not qualified!

1. The light of the gospel....Tell you the Truth about Father • Is as powerful as Gen 3:4...when Adam and Eve....said dude....were naked....we are ashamed... • Accusation.....YOU ARE ALONE......Where is God...in all this..... • LIAR • The light of the gospel.....I am not Alone • Light of the Gospel ▪ Matt 7:7 – Good Father ▪ Ex 34.....this is His heart ▪ He is not mad! ▪ He is not distant... • All the barriers and the distance has been removed and we have been invited in! • Gen 1 – Eph 1:4....He choose you....before the foundation of the world..... 2. The Light of the Gospel.....Tell you the Truth about You! • Accusation......Guilty!.....who do you think you are.....? • LIAR........ • John 1:13....gave them the right to become.... • YOU have ACCESS.....not distance! • Basis of my coming in prayer is not my personal gauge...but what He has done beloved....Heb 4:18....let us draw near.... • I approach God on the basis of all that you have done....Heb 10:19 with Confidence -let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith....because of what Jesus you have done. All the things that would have disqualified you have been removed. Col 2 - while you were dead...he made you alive...he took the certificate of debt...decrees that was hostile and against us .... took it out of the way...nailing it to the cross ( vs 14-15 ) disarmed rulers and authorities....mad a public spectacle of them triumphing over them...by the CROSS! New Law at Work...! Romans 3:27....not works....Law of Faith Romans 8:1 Law of the Spirit set me FREE......

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3.. The Light of the Gospel – Tell the Truth about Needs....... • Accusation.....you don't have anything to say ..... • Often thought of Jesus as one who is talking to Father in my behalf.....Call in a Favor • Jesus....is looking out for me..... And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 12/09/2012 page 3

THE RIDGE – FORT WAYNE BIBLICAL INTERCESSION – 2 COR 4:6
Christ's always living, we understand his always living in the body; for it is thus that he is an affectionate and sympathizing High Priest, who, in his intercession, pleads the merit of his death to procure the salvation of all who come unto God through him. ..... some of the ancients were of opinion that his continual intercession consists in the continual presentation of his humanity before his Father, because it is a continual declaration of his earnest desire of the salvation of men, and of his having, in obedience to his Father's will, made himself flesh, and suffered death to accomplish it. • The Intercession of Jesus is NOT about my sins....ahhhh • It is about His Death! • It is about pleading the merit of His death.... • Hebrews 7:21-28 Think of this....permanently....continuously....forever a High Priest • He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him.... ohhh mannn • Heb 8:1 We have such a High Priest.......

Man if you get this point - you will never pray the same.... • raised up and seated with Christ....standing next to my brother Jesus.... • Agreeing with the merit of His death over every need I see. Changes....everything. • Matthew 6.....as it is in Heaven....let it be upon the earth.....oh man!! • How.....by Praying the Scriptures......

4. Biblical Intercession.....living as a house of Prayer......how often to you have to do this? Daily....no sometimes many times a day...... • • • • Participation in the Kingdom I came to seek and save all that was lost....His rule and reign....for real even in 2012! And He does not have to belong to a political party or system to accomplish it.... Rev 1 and 5 Called to be Kingdom and Priests ...and they will reign upon the earth 2 Cor 3:17-18.....ever increasing Glory

The Basis of Intercession is the Merit of Jesus death The Focus of Biblical Intercession - The Kingdom! The Invitation - participation in His redemptive glory being visibly lived out upon the earth....oh man great time to be alive! Close 2 Cor 4 – the Message

And the secret is simply this Christ in you! Yes, Christ in you bringing with Him the hope of all the glorious things to come. Col 1:27b JB Phillips 12/09/2012 page 4