The Gift of God that's Within You

Part 1: Introduction: Power, Love, & a Sound Mind

9/17/17
- Peter DeWitt
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Not everything in the Kingdom of God is first intellectualized and then acted upon. A lot in the Kingdom of God is EXPERIENCED and THEN understood! God is saying “if you will let me go outside your intellectual box, I will take you into places that otherwise you’d limit Me from taking you.”

Peter’s been touched by God more powerfully in the last couple of weeks than he ever have been in his entire life - including having the most profound encounters with the love of God that he has ever had. Being “slain in the Spirit” is pretty new to Peter. While it had happened a couple times before when he was praying for people, in the last month it has happened about 25-30 times when he prayed for people. He knows there is something different happening when he prays for people now - a new normal. Each member of Agathos is going to start flowing in the same power because you receive the grace on a minister’s life when you honor that ministry. So, we need to have spotters when people pray.
 
Jesus told the Sadducees that they do “err” - knowing neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. “For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” God has given us a Spirit. It is not a spirit of fear, but of power! If you want to operate in power according to God’s Holy Spirit, you need to operate in two other things as well - love and a sound mind. The Scriptures and the Spirit cannot be separated!
 
There is NEVER any shame in someone being demonized (in other words, oppressed in some way by a demon). The only shame would be them not wanting to be set free. The truth we know will set us free, but sometimes God appoints a time to deliver us from lenses and triggers that have held us back from total freedom. Praise God we can partner with Him for each of His children’s total freedom! It’s here - we are going to minister in more power than ever before!

Part 2: Activating God's Fire through Impartation!

10/1/17
- Peter DeWitt
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We already have been, but more than ever before, the people of Agathos are going to be doing the works of God WITH POWER. God spoke to Peter that this is a season of “Activation!” And that He wants to activate “My fire!” through the “laying on of hands!” 

The gift of God that was in Timothy was in him through the laying on of Paul’s hands. (2 Tim. 1:6) Hebrews 6:1-3 also makes it clear that “laying on of hands” is one of the 5 elementary principles of Christ. Impartation can be for blessing, baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts, leadership transfer, and releasing healing. The impartation is through us but ultimately from God. Children qualify (Jesus laid hands on them to bless them), and God gives us what we are ready for. 
 
The kingdom of God is by faith AND impartation can accelerate your trajectory in the kingdom! Listen to this message to hear two testimonies of the amazing impact impartation has had in just about a month’s time. 
 
We see from the start (with Adam and Eve) that God did not just speak to man. He laid His hands on man! God is saying “until you’ve been touched by Me, you will not see your destiny!” God can raise up children for Abraham from the stones. God can raise up ANYONE that He can touch! 
 
This is beyond our intellect. He wants to activate HIS FIRE. Fire falls on sacrifice! Romans 12:1 says we should present ourselves a living sacrifice. Fire falls on sacrifice! Peter had his own zeal and denied the Lord 3 times before the rooster crowed twice. The fire fell on Peter and he comes out of hiding and preaches to thousands of people from whom he had previously been hiding! Jesus told us to be a lamp on top of a stand! We are supposed to be a lamp on a stand and they did NOT have incandescent bulbs! What was on top of that light? Fire!!!! Fire fire fire! You may have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, but fire is supposed to come with it! Receive God’s fire today!

Part 3: What I have I give to you

10/15/17
- Peter DeWitt
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“And in that day you will request as a favor nothing of Me. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you demand the Father as something due to you in My name He will give you. Until now you have demanded  nothing as something due to you in My name. Demand, and you will receive, that your joy may be full … In that day you will demand as something due to you in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall ask the Father as a favor for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” (Jn. 16:23-27)

That’s a different sort of asking! Power and authority is different than what we often think of as faith One is a request to the Son. The other is realizing you are a Son! In Acts 3, Peter said “but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 
 
The question is do you think you have something to give? We’re not just talking about truths. We’re not just talking about “oh yes, I will pray for you.” Do you have the Spirit of the Living God abiding in you and residing upon you such that when you see someone like the beggar that you say “what I have (what I am aware of carrying) I give to you now - rise up and walk!”
 
YOU RECEIVED impartation last main service and NOW we are released as ones who impart the Kingdom of God into every area of society. We are commissioned as ones who do not only have truths, but also are cognoscente of Who is with us and upon us - Who we can each impart to others!

Part 4: Touched by His Love

11/5/17
- Peter DeWitt
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We are going to start to burn in our hearts with His love! Georgian Banov recently said the Christian life is not THINK … it’s DRINK! Peter recently had an encounter in which he was overwhelmed by God’s love. After this experience, he realized he had known the grace of God and who he was in Christ, but NOW he knew the HEART BEHIND THAT GRACE!

Are you “vitamin L” deficient? Let’s consider some litmus tests. Be humble. Ephesians 3:19 shows us that if you are not filled with all the fullness of God yet, that means you are not filled with His love yet. Likewise, 1 John 2:15-16 shows us that if you find an area of your life that has the lust of the flesh, the list of the eyes, and/or the pride of life (overall the love of the world) it highlights to you an area where He has a new revelation / deeper revelation of His love for you. 
 
The greatest ploy of the enemy to keep believers from receiving God’s love is to function as the accuser of the brethren. Accusation, when believed, becomes condemnation. Condemnation produces separation. If you are experiencing separation in your heart form the love of Christ - any sense of distance - it is not on His end. 
 
You can short circuit condemnation with Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.”
 
What if your level of encounter with His love went way up in your time in the Word? What if your level of encounter with His love went way up in your time in prayer? Humble your heart and say “God I need more of your love.” His grace will flood into every place of humility.
 

Part 5: Touched by His Love (Part 2)

11/19/17
- Peter DeWitt
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You only prosper in the Kingdom of God by receiving. Humility is how we receive. There’s a place of humility in the Lord that’s available to all of us that is actually the place of promotion. When you get in humility, it magnetically attracts / draws in the grace. When you take upon the yoke of Christ the issues of the soul that we so often experience fly off because we stepped into humility. 

The love of God is one of the toughest things to teach because most Christians KNOW ABOUT the love of God but not nearly as many have ENCOUNTERED the love of God. God so LOVED the world that He GAVE … In other words, God’s GRACE is always propelled by His LOVE! When you encounter His provision, know that you are encountering an expression of His love!
 
Every time you find you are looking outside of yourself for something, it is a mile maker and a signpost at which God is saying “turn off here, turn into My love, turn into My grace, because I want to provide that need that you have.” Likewise if don’t have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control abounding in our life in such a way that when we are squeezed that’s what comes out it’s a signal and God is saying “let more of My love into your heart so that more of My fullness would be coming out.” Notice that the first fruit of the Spirit is love. You need to receive His love in order for the rest of the fruits to fully develop!
 
The single greatest tactic of the enemy to keep you from walking in His love is condemnation. When accusation is believed or received, it turns into condemnation - and condemnation always leads to separation. As a believer, you have been made righteous in Christ. We have to fight condemnation. Here’s a hint … if you have the same condemning thought come all the time. Ask God “why?”When you’ve invited a guest who you now realize is NOT WANTED, what do you have to do? You have to dis-invite them! This sounds so simple you might not realize how powerful it is …You need to command demonic spirits that you’ve entertained in your thoughts to LEAVE in the name (authority) of Jesus. Confront it head on and command it to go so that you don’t even have to slam that door any more. Cast it out formally! “This time I am not only going to shut the door in your face, but I command you to TAKE ME OFF YOUR LIST - you’ve got NO PART of me!”
 
David asked for 2 types of instruction from God … one was to teach him God’s TRUTH and the other was to show him God’s WAYS. 93% of human communication is non-verbal. We are made in His image. Is it possible that 93% of how He is speaking to you is not with words? God’s love is not only a theological concept … it is an encounter! Truth AND ways.  You can hear the Father’s heart for you - not just His words. When we think that we can only hear His words, we will only experience a small portion of His love. We will know love in theory, but we won’t know the heart behind it. When your ear is close to His heart you will actually hear more of His words and you will hear more of His words more accurately. Even God’s hard words are wrapped in LOVE!

Part 6: Touched by His Love (Part 3)

12/3/17
- Peter DeWitt
Audio Written Summary

Do not feel bad having to work on your love relationship with God. If we think that love is just an emotion, we won’t work at it. But, if we think that love HAS emotions associated with it - that when we do the things love does, emotions follow which are a blessing - than we will work at doing the things that love does. Remember that the Ephesian church had departed from their first love and Christ instructed them to “do the first works.” If we do the things that love does in our relationship with God - and we stick at that - we will experience all the beauty that comes with it.  

We can meditate not only in the quantity of God’s love, but also in the qualities of His love! The magnitude of God’s love includes everything up to and including the value of His very own Son! That’s how GREAT a love with which He loved us! While that’s a great meditation, if you want to understand and have more of a revelation of God’s love, you have to go past just thinking about quantity and step into a place of also thinking about the qualities of God’s love.
 
Let’s look at Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Now, if these are the fruit of the Spirit, that means that when you sow the seed of God (which is the Word of God) these are the things that are naturally produced in your life. That means that these characteristics are inherent to the very DNA of God! The fruit of the Spirit are actually an opportunity to meditate on who God is to you! In other words, God IS love, joy, peace, patience, kindness … these are actually describing God! Now, watch this … what is the first fruit of the Spirit? Love. Therefore all the other fruit of the Spirit come through the avenue of love. When you have love, it gives access to the rest.
 
God’s love is actually filled with joy. God’s love is totally rooted in a covenant of peace with you. Then you find out that His love is patient toward you. God’s kindness toward us starts with His patience toward us. When you see how patient and kind He is with us, it becomes clear that He has only goodness for us!  And how can He help but be faithful toward you when His intentions toward you are ONLY good?” His love lacks no gentleness. Lack of gentleness comes from a desire to control. God’s love, by nature, is self-controlled, which means He is NOT controlling you. 
 
You can do the same thing with 1 Corinthians 13. We know that “love is from God, God is love, and we love because He first loved us …” (1 Jn 4:7,8,19) So, when we look at 1 Corinthians 13, we see that love doesn’t behave rudely and therefore you can say “God does not behave rudely toward me.” We also see that His Love does not envy, is not puffed up, and does not parade itself. 
 
There are opportunities to meditate not just in the quantity of God’s love, but also the qualities of God’s love. You are invited to explore His love. There is so much more to discover and experience!