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Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Burnt Stones

Our lives can often feel like burnt stones, brittle, of no value, only purpose is to be discarded. This comes about by unfulfilled expectations, harsh words and lost dreams. Jesus has come to make us into living stones again, accepted, of value and useful for the purposes of God. In this insightful message Ps Shayne reveals the plans of God to raise you up.
Duration:48 mins 34 secs

BURNT STONES

Stones are a picture of people. The church in its early days was filled with glory - it changed the Roman Empire, and influenced nations. Then it went through a dark season - but we are in days now when God is rebuilding His church, and the Bible says: the glory of that latter house will be greater than the glory of the former!  

Once a stone was burnt and crumbled, it was easy to pull it out of position. If you have ever been burnt by the fires of pain, disappointment, offence, it's very easy for you to be removed out of the wall of destiny, out of where God has positioned you to grow, to be planted, and to become successful in your walk as a Christian. When we walk through a difficult season in our life, it's what the Bible calls a 'fiery trial' - a trial by fire. What is at stake is your destiny, and what's being tested is the quality of your faith in God.

Nehemiah 4 : 1_3.   1 But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”.   3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall.”

Stones from a heap of rubbish. Stones that are burnt.  So broken that even a fox will break them down.  What are you building, look at what you are trying to use?  People’s lives can be just like this. Devils accusations, who do you think you are? Lives are like burnt stones. What, will, will, will.  Bricks in a fireplace. Jerusalem, a mighty city, burnt and destroyed. A city that was to influence nations.  Just like some people, called to influence but the dream and destiny was destroyed, like burnt stones.

1 Peter 2 : 4_5.        4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.   AMP ( 4  Come to Him [then, to that] Living Stone which men tried and threw away, but which is chosen [and]precious in God’s sight. 5  [Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2 : 19_20. It says in verse 19: now you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you're fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being brought carefully together, grows into a holy temple. You also are being built together for a dwelling place in the Holy Ghost.

So you notice that God calls us a living stone, and He desires to shape our life. The shaping of your life is called discipleship. It's called the forming of your attitudes and your lifestyle, so you become positioned to be used by God in a great way, and God doesn't just leave us as individual stones. In the Bible, Christianity is about a body of people, it's not just about individual lives and destinies. It's about God working through a body of people, so He builds us together

You don't just throw some stones together and have a building; you carefully shape the stones, carefully insert them, and then lock them or cement them together - a picture of us standing together in committed relationships. You can't have Christianity as being a McChurch, you walk in, have a meal and walk out.

Stones are believers.  You might have been beaten up and put down by people, the devil and burnt by life’s events but God is wanting to build you up, into a spiritual house.  Words of people, lost dreams, disappointments have come and caused you to feel like a burnt stone. Me and musicians, asking for help from another Pastor, wounded me. Parents saying wrong words, children bullying, bosses on the job, lies of the accuser (devil), believing your own thoughts. The wall has been broken down but God is wanting to build you up again and put us back into position. Can God restore us?  YES HE CAN.

Nehemiah 1 : 4. 4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah, prophetically is Jesus, cries over the wall being broken down. Jesus weeps over us when we've been burnt and knocked down. Jesus is all about restoring man back into the right place with God. Being positioned again.

Prodigal son was restored and positioned. 

Neh 4 : 2. 2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned? 

”Revive = to bring back to life, to restore strength.

We often believe things that are said about us or to us and we open up doors to spirits to come and harass us. 

Elijah, fire fell and consumed the sacrifice, rain fell at his command, ran faster than the Kings horses.       

1 Kings 19 :  1_4. 

1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” 3 And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there.. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!”

He believed the report, opened his life to spirits, became isolated, suicidal, displaced, disorientated.  When we believe and act on words and events of life before we believe the Word of God we can often open ourselves to trouble. Broken promises and dreams. Those words become strongholds of thinking and we find we cannot break free of that way of thinking. Actions and attitudes always follow ways of thinking. Thoughts always precede actions and attitudes.

Generational curses.  My father was like that and his father was like that, I guess that is just what this family is like. Yes the bible says a curse cannot light upon a person without a cause, do we give them a cause? 

Spirit of God raises hope.

Neh 2 : 17_18.   17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, (God's good hand is upon you today) and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.

How burnt stones are restored.

1/      Must want to be restored. Desire to be where God wants you to be beyond anything else.

2/      Face what has happened. The reality of grief or loss. You will never change what you don’t acknowledge.  King David had to acknowledge his failures. All it took for him to fall into lust and murder was a look. The process is what takes place; so you notice here with David - a good example is David in 2 Samuel 12:13, and David got weary in the battle. The Bible says: when he should have been out fighting a battle, he stayed at home; so instead of being in the battle ground, he was in the bedroom. Instead of being out at war, he was watching the girl bathing. He was in the wrong place, at the wrong time. He was not doing - notice this - he was out of position. He was called to war, and he wasn't fighting. He was resting, and that's when he got into trouble. He nearly lost his destiny, it cost his family, it cost hundreds of people, cost some of his best men their life, and it cost him years of suffering and sorrow. He became a burnt stone; but when God put His finger on it, he said: I have sinned! I've done wrong before the Lord! Hejust straightened up, took full responsibility, and embraced fully the hand of God in restoring him.

3/      Forgive and receive forgiveness.  

4/      Commit to be repositioned. 

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