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Changing The Atmosphere by Richard Cook 2 Chronicles 5:13-5:14 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 KJV 13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers

were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; 14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God. I enjoy watching the weather, as I listen to the meteorologist every morning I’ve noticed that there is always one thing that affects our climate and our weather. It’s the atmosphere. Atmosphere speaks of a pervading or surrounding influence or spirit. Atmosphere for us can be our general environment or mood or even a spirit, maybe even our own spirit. Not only do we deal with atmospheric changes directly affecting the weather and our individual lives, but the atmosphere WE create also has a direct affect on the church. Today I want to talk about 12 goals that we should reach for or pursue as a church and as individuals. THE FOLLOWING ARE TWELVE GOALS THAT WE SHOULD PURSUE. 1. No spiritual hindrances. An atmosphere of the Heavens being open. We all have seasons when we are pressed on every side, when darkness seems to abound, and the heavens seem as brass. Sometimes we let our circumstances dictate our mood. When we come to church we are coming to worship, but if we let our problems and the situations that we are dealing with, hinder our spirit, ------then there is no true worship. It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers WERE AS ONE, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; AND WHEN THEY LIFTED UP THEIR VOICE with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that THEN THE HOUSE WAS FILLED WITH A CLOUD, even the house of the LORD; We need to learn to come to church with one thing on our minds, WORSHIP. Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. We need to learn to give our cares to the Lord and let Him fight our battles for us.

for he careth for you. and anything that might come between us and our worship. We should be expecting the Lord of Glory to fill this place with His presence each and every time we gather together to lift Him up and glorify His mighty name. every worry. We shouldn’t allow anything to hinder us in our worship and thanksgiving.-------. If you announced that Jesus was going to appear in bodily form at your next service. 2. We need to come with out anger. 3. We should receive Him in our presence by faith. Lost love ones would be physically dragged through the doors. we should cast off every care. Before we come to this house on any given day. This is a promise from our Lord and Savior and we know that He can’t lie. except for the things that concern our great and mighty God.and there is no doubt these alters would be filled with people praying. and having His way. After all the Bible says. or a program.1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God. We need to come without any concern. ------. and believing for great things to happen. No “business as usual services” An atmosphere of unified Expectancy.. Mt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name. there am I in the midst of them.” . And we should expect something to happen! Forget about a meeting Itinerary. that he may exalt you in due time: 7 CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM. We need to come with out any fear or entanglement. ordinary God. An atmosphere of the supernatural “Our God is no common.knowing that He is in our midst when we come to this place to worship Him.we should be looking forward to the Holy Ghost taking charge of each and every service. We should be coming together with excitement. or resentment. People would arrive early -----. no doubt the atmosphere around the church would be a lot different. We need to come to church every time the doors are open expecting Jesus to show up in our midst.

Rahab was a prostitute yet she is listed in Hebrews chap. He is not a “respecter of persons” what He’ll do for you or me. John 3:16 For God so loved the world . Ex. 5. The Lord responds to our faith. No limitations allowed to be placed on anyone. When we direct our faith toward God he will surprise you. and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. not a private club. There is a supernatural element that is set into motion.. and come with the right attitude. An atmosphere of anyone can receive. -------We need to know that. 4. 11 Paul was vicious in his persecution of the church. We must remember there is no limit to what God can do with a life committed to Him. OUR FAITH MOVES GOD AND IT WORKS EVERY TIME.He’ll do for anyone. Gideon was a coward.-------We need to believe that-------We need to embrace that--------We need to teach that to everyone that walks through those doors………. David committed murder and adultery. when WE IN FAITH expect something fantastic to happen. Mary Magdalene was filled with demons. Our music doesn’t move God. The church is an open door to all. our prayers don’t move God. God will respond to a people who believe that He is. The Gospel is to all people not just the ones we like or choose. .Come expecting. An atmosphere of “People are important” Jesus shed blood for all people.-------. How friendly is your church? How friendly are you? We need to treat everyone who walks through the doors of this church like they are the most important person in the world. John said in. To God we are all important.

and in all Judaea. and shew him my salvation. No defeatist spirit. We need to reach our City. after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem. If you want to see a change in this church. they should be important to us too. we need to get it in our heart that all people really are important. If you want to see God move in our midst.That included everybody The Rich The Poor The pretty The Ugly People that are easy to get along with People who are hard to get along with EVERYBODY People are important to God. and in Samaria. Ps 72:12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth. . 6. and from the noisome pestilence. we need to set these principles in our heart. Ps 91: 14-16 14 Because he hath set his love upon me. We need to start seeing people the way that God see people. No hold the fort philosophy here. Mr 16:15 And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world. Ac 1:8 But ye shall receive power. We need an atmosphere that projects that victorious living is possible for everyone. because he hath known my name. don’t just act like they are important. Amen. and preach the gospel to every creature. and him that hath no helper Ps 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler. 2Ti 4:18 And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work. and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble. and honour him. 7. God is able to deliver anyone at anytime. therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high. 15 He shall call upon me. and start making these things a way of life. the poor also. 16 With long life will I satisfy him. And let me say this right here. I will deliver him.

and unto the uttermost part of the earth. not because it was just God’s will but because they didn’t recognize the time of their visitation. the church has to have the recourses to do so. And we were charged with this duty by the Lord of all creation. not only are we to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 42 Saying. An atmosphere of financial blessing. and compass thee round. because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. We can’t keep such a great salvation all to ourselves it’s not just ours to keep. 43 For the days shall come upon thee. 44 And shall lay thee even with the ground. This caused Jesus to weep over Jerusalem when they missed one of their times of visitation. If thou hadst known. We are currently experiencing a visitation of the spirit throughout our entire world. We must stop making excuses for our disobedience in these areas. Less than 25% of people in many churches faithfully support that church with tithes and offerings on a consistent basis. 8. Stop functioning in our dysfunction. and thy children within thee. the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another.------the Lord gave it to us to SHARE. at least in this thy day. that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee. but the church is here to help people. and wept over it. Luke 19:41-44 Tells us of this account 41 And when he was come near. Let us not be the ones that are cast down because of our stubborn muleheadedness. There are times of visitation for every city. Fewer than 25% serves the church with their time and talents! The church serves a multi-fold purpose. In order for the church to help people. The Lord is moving in mighty ways all around the globe. and keep thee in on every side. The people were brought down by their enemies. even thou. he beheld the city. It is our duty to evangelize this city and cause the message of Jesus Christ to be spread across the continents. Eufaula is our Jerusalem this is where we have to start. showing His power and love in magnificent displays of affection Yet some will not recognize what God is doing and thus miss their time. .

and should mourn when we are not in that place. he is clothed with majesty. or help clean up a little bit. An atmosphere of communion where the voice of God can be heard clearly. Our Money Our Time Our Talents Our Abilities And our Love for our fellow man. The church was established to be a blessing to those who have need of what we have to offer. We as a church need to learn to voluntarily give the recourses that the Lord gives us. every corner. We should be seeking Him in every crack and crevice. Your time and talents go a long way in ministering to those who may be sick and need someone to come in a cook for them. 10. It is sad but true we have a lot of church without ever hearing from God at all. we need to yearn for a visitation. the LORD is clothed with . No pessimism about the future. He is speaking to those who have an ear to hear what He is saying. nook and cranny of our lives! We should seek communion with Him every day in every way. Have we grown so confident that we don’t need to hear from the Lord in our time? Have we gotten to be so good that we have no need for His Wisdom and Grace? Have we become so righteous that we have no need to hear from the creator of the universe? Have we reached a place in our culture that God only needs to speak to THOSE PEOPLE? Heaven Forbid! We need to hear the voice of the Lord! We need to cry out for a word from our Almighty God! We need to develop a hunger and a desire. Ps 93:1 The LORD reigneth. Yet there is a fresh out pouring of his spirit today. 9. let me share something with you today. There are many in the church today are pessimistic about our future.Money is just one thing.

So we should have an atmosphere of faith. when they saw the miracles which he did.strength. Our job is too corporate with Him. An atmosphere of Vision: An atmosphere where people can see the invisible and do the impossible. Re 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded. He healed the sick He made the blind to see He caused the deaf to hear He made the lame to walk He turned water into wine He fed 5000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. Joh 14:12 Verily. and lean not unto thine own understanding. 11. the which. many believed in his name. Jesus. the works that I do shall he do also. and of his Christ. and he shall bring it to pass. and he shall reign for ever and ever. I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished. in the feast day. Ps 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. and there were great voices in heaven. verily. Ps 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD. . What do you see when you look at the church? Do you just see all the imperfections or do you see what God sees? God see’s a people that He has empowered through the gift of the Holy Ghost. Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart. because I go unto my Father. I say unto you. He walked on water He spoke to the winds and they cease He even raised the dead Joh 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did. God is in control. if they should be written every one. Amen. The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord. saying. Joh 2:23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover. and greater works than these shall he do. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him. He that believeth on me. that it cannot be moved. We must know that God WILL fulfill His word. and he shall direct thy paths. trust also in him. in His earthly ministry did many mighty and wonderful things.

God see’s a people that he is expecting to do many great and mighty things in the name of the Lord. There is one thing I’m most certain of. My friends we have to get to a place in our worship where there is a heartfelt adoration towards God. If you really want to see the Glory of God come down in this place.-----Draw near to Him. Church when we begin to do these things I have mentioned here today I can give you assurance of one thing. When we come into His house we should feel A sense of Reverence A sense of Awe A sense of Power A sense of love We should have a strong sense of urgency to praise Him To Lift Him Up To Exalt Him To Shout out our Praise for who He is To Shout out expressions of Thanksgiving for what He has done To give Him Glory To Give Him Honor To Magnify His Name above all created things. When true worship explodes in our heart. great things will always happen. Conclusion. We need to have the same vision for the church that God has. George Barna says “Vision is the single most important dimension of a successful ministry. If we will do this -------. We need to see what God see’s. and operate in the Gifts of the Spirit in an effort to win the lost and make believers out of them who do not believe.” 12. God see’s a people that he is expecting will carry out the Great Commission. We should leave everything else outside the doors of this church and reach out to Him. we have to create an atmosphere of TRUE WORSHIP. ----We should consider our own lives worth nothing except for the privilege and honor we have to serve Him. An atmosphere of Worship: An atmosphere where the spirit of God is released in its fullness.I can promise that God will rise and His enemies will be scattered! .

and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. We have tied the hands of the Lord to a point that He cannot operate within the church the way that He desires. and commit yourself . O sword. Will you join me in the alter today and loose the ties that bind. and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd. and against the man that is my fellow. those people are His enemy. Jesus said those people are against Him.My friends God has a purpose for this church He is trying to raise up a people who will conduct themselves in a manor worthy of the Kingdom Of God. The power of the Almighty God will be unleashed and we will see revival like we’ve not ever seen in our lifetimes. But if you will choose to do things God’s way. Jesus said. we have assurance that He will do the things He has promised to do in His Word. Church hear what the Lord is saying. He is able.but if He scattered His own chosen people. He is trying to rise up an army to do the work that the church was put here to do.to raise up a people that will be obedient. Don’t think He won’t scatter you. Mt 12:30 He that is not with me is against me.we must begin to loose the things that have been bound up. When these atmosphere changes are in place.------. I have seen this church scattered more than once because the people would not do what the Lord was calling them to do. It’s a choice that you have to make. against my shepherd. Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Jesus said in Mt 18:18 Verily I say unto you. Zec 13:7 Awake. But we can change that today. the people of Isreal.------.then that’s your choice.----. but obedience is a choice. If you refuse. and he said they would be scattered abroad.-----. our cities and our churches will be loosed. If we are not with Him and gathering with Him.

Will you repent of your wrongdoings and commit yourself to changing the atmosphere of this assembly. . Change can take place right here and right now if you so choose.to be the man or woman of God that He wants’ you to be.