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Sermon: Light Above The Clouds


Topic: out of our own darkness
Presenter : Christiaan de Ruiter
Presentation Date: Sun, April 19, 2015
 Document Title: Light above the clouds
 
This is not a transcribed sermon.
This is a listing of thoughts presented in a form that can be used to have the Holy Spirit guide into a message.
Pastor Chris used these thoughts to present the message on the date mentioned and subsequent dates at other locations.
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Luke 22:31-34 (TLV)
31“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has demanded to
sift you all like wheat.
32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith
will not fail. And when you have turned back,
strengthen your brothers.”
33But Simon said to Him, “Master, I am ready to go
with You even to prison and to death!”
34But Yeshua said, “I tell you, Peter, a rooster will
not crow today until you have denied three times
that you know Me.”

     Yesterday was the ending of an awful week.
Every time when we think things can't get worse guess
what happens it will.
Yesterday it happened, I was so angry, I was so upset, I
was so down, Yes I will call it, I was attacked by that
a horrible satanic sword called depression.
I felt depressed, in the pits, and didn't see a way out.
I called Minister Reed to tell her that I would quit the
ministry, that it was over and that from now on I would
go through life maybe visiting church now and then, but
would go through life like that old grumpy Cowboy that
you better not tick off.
Thank God, she didn't answer the phone.
I also called my dear friend Dr. Jeffery Davidson,
because he needs to know, he is my father in the
ministry.
Thank God, he didn't answer his phone either.
I was attacked in my faith, I was attacked in my
freedom of choice, I was attacked on my only day off.
But the worst thing, you know maybe I take a lot of
pride in the work that I do, if it is the ministry, teaching,
or the computer work, the information technology I
work in.
When I do work, I want to work for my boss as I work
for Jesus himself, and nobody will tell me I do not do
enough.
When working you always need to give the best you
can be the best you can outdo, the other because you
are better.
You are a child of God, and to Him, you only give the
best you have.
You don't know something, you study it so hard that
you know more about it than another, you become a
specialist in your field.
Not because you are so good, or that you are the best,
NO, but because you want to give the best to the
highest.
So then, when somebody attacks me on my quality of
work, or treats me like a nincompoop, then yes, I get a
little ticked.
OK, when you have an honest philosophical discussion
on a topic, that is different, that is good, that is how you
sharpen your sword, your wits.
But come on, now to ask you if you tried this or that
and if you may be plugged it in, or maybe it needs
rebooted, or maybe the screen is not on, did you check
the battery.
It is almost like this.
You have had and raised 9 children, been awake, when
they were sick and then you are asked while you look at
another poopy diaper.
Hmm, do you smell that, I think you might want to
check if the baby spoiled its diaper.
Do you think you are able to change it, do you know
how do that, are you qualified enough for it.
Yeah you might laugh now about it, but when you have
been up for the last three nights changing those nasty
ones because your little one is sick, then you don't think
that this question is a laughing matter.
It is insulting, it is ridiculous, or let's call it just plain
stupid and degrading to you as a parent and a human
being.
You are already running on your reserves and then they
question your ability to take care of your child.
Oh yes, the mamma bear is now wearing lipstick and
ready for war!!!!
OK, that is a little bit how I felt, papa bear, and on the
attack.
Minister Reed, couldn't have talked me out of it.
Jeff, Dr. Davidson, sorry my friend, you could not have
talked me out of it.
Thank God, they didn't answer the phone.
My wife, bless her heart, she came in, let me cry, and
then got out of the way real fast, and just let me vent.
Have you been under a lot of attacks lately, spiritual,
work, health, oh yes this message is definitely for you.
Yes, I talked to my friend later during the evening, and as
always even when so many miles apart the Holy Spirit
traversed the phone line and touched hearts.
Today's topic is really a result of that conversation and
something he said about the sun shining, even on a
cloudy or rainy day.
We might not see it, but when we fly above those
clouds in our airplane, or indeed carried under or on the
protection of the Eagle Wings we will again see it
and be Ministered to by His Charis, His Ruach
Ha'Kodesh, His Spirit.
Wow did I just weave Eagle Wings Charismatic
Ministries in it.
Hallelujah.
Yes, the sun is shining, it is however our clouds or the
clouds that are surrounding us that are preventing us
from seeing this light.
No, it didn't dim, something is just blocking it
temporarily.
We just read it earlier.
Jesus said to Peter in verses 31 and 32 of Luke 22
 
31“Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has demanded to
sift you all like wheat.
32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith
will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

       What is it that is said here, when you have turned back,
strengthen your brothers?
It might not be something we want to hear, but when
we are under such an attack that the only thing we can
see is the doom and gloom, then indeed we are not
standing in the light of God.
As we have discussed many a time in the last couple of
weeks, the Shekinah Glory of God is so great that we
are not able to look Him in the face, we just like Moshe
will be standing in the cleft of the rock and see the back
of Him.
Thus then with such brilliance and light, there will be
NO shadow, there will be no darkness, there will be No
negativity, No anger, and also NO DOUBT in His
presence.
When we are like that WE ARE NOT in his presence
but under the dark shadow, the dark cover of the attack
of satan.
Thus then when we are back from this survival mission
we are strengthened and have the knowledge of another
the defeat of satan.
      On January 25 we also talked about being attacked but
then it was from a whole different perspective.
When we are fighting in God's Kingdom we are
fighting against Satan, and he will put up everything
that he can to put his shroud of darkness upon you.
Please pray with me;
 
Matthew 6:9-13 (TLV)
9b Our Father in heaven, sanctified be Your name.
10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven
our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation but deliver us
from the evil one.’
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory
forever and ever, Amen.

►Let us all pray this together, In English, or Hebrew,
or Dutch, or French, or German, it doesn't matter, as
long as we pray together.

Avinu shebashamayim, yitkadesh shimkha.
Tavo malkhutekha ye’aseh r’tzonekha ba’aretz ka’asher
na’asah vashamayim.
Ten-lanu haiym lechem chukeinu.
u’selach-lanu et-ashmateinu ka’asher solechim anachnu
la’asher ashmu lanu.
ve’al-tevieinu lidei massah, ki im-hatsileinu min-hara.
Ki lekha ha-mamlakha ve-hagevurah veha-tiferet
l’olemei ’olamim. Amen.

        Remember this from that January message on what the
the true meaning of temptation might be;
So then how many truly knew the meaning of the word
temptation.
Isn't it that we should understand and know what we
read in God's word.
As we would also pray
And lead me not into something that causes a strong urge
or desire to have or do something, and especially
something that is bad, wrong, or unwise. But set me free
from that which is evil, because yours my God is the
Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever and
ever.
►Hmm, I've never prayed it that way before.
Then would you call a severe neck or back injury, head-
aches, cancer, the death of loved ones, or amputations
due to diabetes-myelitis something that you desire to
have?
Absolutely NOT!!!
Again from The Living Tree version
1 Corinthians 10:13 (TLV)
13 No temptation has taken hold of you except what
is common to mankind. But God is faithful—He will
not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can
handle. But with the temptation He will also
provide a way of escape, so you will be able to endure it.
 
God can be trusted that the temptation that people
normally experience will not bring you down without
Him giving you a way to deal with it, or get through it,
or concur with it.  It does nowhere in this part of scripture say that the
temptation comes from God.
It does say real clear that along with the temptation that
came your way, God will provide a way out.
Temptations, feeling attacked, or can I say it to be out
of control and being under the influence of satan's evil
ways, being overwhelmed can happen to anyone and
Everyone also Jesus was under attack when He was in
the desert after the baptism in the Jordan.
Also the well educated and highly influential apostle
Paul was suffering from these attacks and when we read
In the second letter of Corinthians, we can see it clearly.
OK, then Let's read this one more time from the
January 25 message.
In the second letter to the Corinthians Paul shows us that
also, he and his travel companions were not immune to
the things of life that come our way.
 
2 Corinthians 1:7-9 (AMP)(CEB)(CJB)
7 And our hope for you [our joyful and
confident expectation of good for you] is ever
unwavering (assured and unshaken); for we
know that just as you share and are partners in
[our] sufferings and calamities, you also share
and are partners in [our] comfort (consolation
and encouragement). (amp)
8 Brothers and sisters, we don’t want you to be
unaware of the troubles that we went through in
Asia. We were weighed down with a load of
the suffering that was so far beyond our strength
that we were afraid we might not survive. (ceb)
9 In our hearts we felt we were under the sentence of
death. However, this was to get us to rely upon
ourselves but on God, who raises the dead! (cjb)
 
Yes, even Paul thought that he would surely die,
that whatever happened to them would cause him
his life.There was so much suffering that it was as the CEB
translation tells us “beyond our strength”.
I know for sure that this goes for all of us as we are
gathered here, we all have or are enduring a time that is
clearly beyond our strength.
But Paul then also gives the answer in verse 9, relying on
those cases on God and His strength through bring us
through the situations of life.
I think it is in situations like this that we need to hear the
words of the letter to the Philippians, not as an
admonishment but as an encouragement.
Yes, the tone in which we deliver words is more then
important, how many times have we said something in
the last couple of weeks or in the last year (we are still in
January so referring to 2014 is ok) that were intended in
a completely different way than that they were received.
 
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me.

The apostle Paul, all the other Apostles, and Disciples
have been under attack, Jesus has been under attack,
and has been under temptation.
Satan told him, jump off the roof of this temple on
which we are standing and I know that the angels will
catch you, I will give you the kingdoms of the earth.
A rather big temptation wasn't it.
We in our situations are also always looking for bigger
and better and we might just have taken satan up on that
offer.
With all of this, we have seen that even when we do not
see it, God always provides a way of receiving help in
our dark situations.
We might not see the light of the world, Yeshua at that
a certain moment in our lives.
But it is as that cloud cover that Dr. Davidson spoke
about, we need to fly through it and then again we bathe
in the full glory of the Light of the World, Yeshua.
So why is this happening to me, to you, to those hard
working saints of God, speaking, preaching, living the
unadulterated word of God the father.
It is because God's word is true, it is the truth, as God is
truth.
The watered-down word of God is not God's word, it is
the word of the world, and as we know who is roaming
and controlling this world, we can say this watered
down word of God is not His but satans.
Satan is not going to attack those that do not do
anything in God's kingdom, because those are not living
according to His word.
His word says to go out and speak the word, live the
word, and bring people to Christ.
This is what we call great commissioning.
You might sit in church every Wednesday evening and
every Sunday and still the only thing that you are is a
very, very, very small heating element in winter,
nothing more than a seat warmer.
Yeah you might even be in the choir, or you know what
be in the pulpit.
But if you do not live the life speak the words and be a
laborer in the kingdom you are nothing else than that
very, very, very small heating element.
Why would satan be bothered by you, why would he
attack you, you are not a threat to his kingdom, you
don't set the world on fire with the Holy Spirit, you can
hardly get your seat warm in winter.
Oh, we can hear them say, Oh that person is such a good
person, and look under what kind of attack he or she
is.
►Why do bad things happen to good people?
The answer we now know is that they are a danger to
the kingdom of satan.
But God had forgotten them, No, no, no, no He didn't.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (TLV)
13 No temptation has taken hold of you except what
is common to mankind. But God is faithful—He will
not allows you to be tempted beyond what you can
handle. But with the temptation, He will also
provide a way of escape, so you will be able to
endure it.
God has provided a way of escape.
For me, it was my phone call yesterday evening after
which my anger, my doubt, my hatred dissipated and
the love for ministry, the fire of the Ruach Ha'Kodesh,
the Holy Spirit was burning high again.
And when I went to bed, the battle was raging still.
Thunder and lightning were striking and I could not be
able to get to sleep.
Oh but I need my eight hours of beauty sleep and this
a wonderful light show of nature keeping me awake and I
will not be able to do my Sunday work.
Yeah wrong, satan, you will not win, the six hours of
rest that I did get was enough and peace was over my
body, because the Lord had provided me a way out.
He took over the battle, God fought satan on my behalf.
In the book of Chronicles we read;
Chronicles 20:15 (TLV)
15 and he said: "Listen all Judah and inhabitants of
Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat. Thus ADONAI
says to you, 'Do not be afraid or be dismayed
because of this great multitude, for the battle is not
yours, but God's.

  Satan will win when he just fights me, but scripture
tells me that I am a mighty warrior, we follow the Lord,
our banner Yehovah Nissi.
Hmm, how can I envision that?
I don't have to do that, J.R.R. Tolkien already did this
and we can see it in the movie the Lord of the Rings.
When the battle of Helms Deep is taking place, those
that are defending the fortification had almost given up,
they had called for help, but the bright morning day of
deliverance had not yet arrived.
Then from the top of the hill, there is Gandalf the white,
and his staff and he lights up blinding the
overwhelmingly great forces of evil, the orcs, and those
that are behind him, the thousands and thousands
follow him down the hill and destroy evil.
This day will be coming again, no not with Gandalf, that
is just a story character, but Tolkien used the bible as
his source of inspiration for his stories and with that the
word has been spread even when sometimes people
didn't even know it.
But Jesus is coming again, riding on a white horse and
out of His mouth will come a flaming sword, the word
of God.
The book of revelation is very revealing about this all,
and we will be with him and receiving the many
blessings.
Deuteronomy 28:12-13 (CEB)
12 The Lord will open up for you his own well-
stocked storehouse, the heavens, providing your
land with rain at just the right time and blessing all
your work. You will lend to many nations, but you
won’t have any need to borrow. 13 The Lord will
make you the head of things, not the tail; you will
be at the top of things, not the bottom, as long as
you obey the Lord your God’s commandments that
I’m commanding you right now, by carefully doing
them

I am the head and not the tail, for God I am His child
and I come first, not last.
Sometimes we need a little push.
Sometimes we need a helping hand up when we are
down.
Sometimes we need a little surgery, on our attitudes or
actions.
Sometimes we just need to be re-directed to go up.
Sometimes we are so lost and in addition that we need
to be pushed just a little deeper, so that instead of
peering down into the dark tunnel we can only lookup
and see a ray of sunshine through the clouds and we
know, the sun is shining.
Yeshua, Jesus will bring you out of the darkness into
the light, He said.
John 8:12 (TLV)
12 Yeshua spoke to them again, saying, "I am the
light of the world. The one who follows Me will no
longer walk in darkness, but will have the light of
life."

God has fought the battle, He has taken us out of our
darkness and He will lift us above the clouds, just as He
has done before, He will do this again.
God never changes, He is the same, Yesterday, Today,
and Forever.
>Exodus 19:4-5 (TLV
4 You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and
how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you
to Myself.
5 Now then, if you listen closely to My voice, and
keep My covenant, then you will be My own
treasure from among all people, for all the earth, is
Mine.
The Lord lifts us up and brings us into the light of the
world Yeshua Ha'Mashiach.
Amen !!

Note: These are notes, this is not a transcript nor a written out
sermon. We believe that it is the Holy Spirit that speaks through the
preacher and it is that Holy Spirit that convicts and leads to what the
congregation needs to hear.
On average these notes provide a 30 to 45-minute sermon/teaching.

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