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Throw Off Your Cloak

How many times have you been calling out to God, and you had friends or others around you try to stop what you wanted to receive from God?  How long have you dealt with what you are dealing with?  Are you tired of where you are?  Call out to Jesus.  Your faith in God moves Him.  Jesus calls out to you and says “come to me”.  Jesus says “I have already taken that for you.  Why are you still holding on to it.”  Let’s have the faith in God to do what Bartimeaus did!  He threw off his beggar’s cloak.  .

Throw Off Your Cloak

“Throw Your Cloak Aside”
Written on 3.31.20 & Edited on 4.25.20

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I command that the five senses of the enemy be silenced and only the people and I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. 

Father God, I ask that you anoint me to speak what You want me to say and give me ears to hear what the Holy Spirit tells and shows me to say.  I also pray, Father God, that you would open the ears and the hearts of people to hear what You want them to receive today.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, amen. 

I would like to admit today to you that this is my first time speaking in front of adults giving a sermon format.  I have taught classes to adults, but this is a first for me today.   I may make mistakes, but my heart is right.  The words I am going to say today God gave to me a few weeks ago, and He also added to it this past week.  

If anyone knows me they know that I like to tell a story.  We know that Revelations tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  

As you heard me say, I had prepared a sermon a few weeks ago that God gave to me.  However, this past week when I prayed about what to speak on God told me to start in Deuteronomy Chapter 1.

Here is the beginning of my story. 

It was a day I will never forget.   Several years ago, I was sitting behind a computer monitor waiting on people to send me a message requesting prayer while listening to the pastor preaching his sermon.  I can't tell you what he preached on, but the Holy Spirit met me in that room.  I began reading my Bible in Deuteronomy 1.  

Let’s read a few verses together  Deuteronomy Chapter 1: 3-8 NIV

3 In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. 4 This was after he had defeated Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, and at Edrei had defeated Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.
5 East of the Jordan in the territory of Moab, Moses began to expound this law, saying:
6 The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. 7 Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. 8 See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”
Let’s look at a few words from this scripture and let’s look at the meanings of the names.
 
According to Easton’s Bible Dictionary:  
Sihon means “Striking Down”
Heshbon means “Intelligence”
Edrei means “mighty and strength”
Og, king of Bashan was the last of the giants and had 60 walled cities and many un-walled cities. 
 
As I look around this room I see some seasoned Christians.  We probably have heard the story of the Israelites coming out of Egpyt.  We know that they sent 12 spies into the “promised land” and only Joshua and Caleb came out with good reports.  We know that this made the Israelites spend 40 years in the desert.   They spent the time in the desert to change their mindset.  First, they whined and complained about being in the wilderness.  They wanted to go back to Egypt.  God wanted to give them an inheritance instead.  They couldn’t see God’s inheritance until they shifted their mindset and had a heart change.   The Israelites had to face and defeat these kings by “striking down” their own “intelligences” and by choosing to walk the way God wanted them to walk using God’s “might and strength”.  
We are the same way.  God wants us to  cast down our intelligences and walk in faith.  We are to walk in God’s might and strength.  In order for us to get to our promised land of inheritance that God has promised us we must defeat the Ogs in our lives.  Fighting the Og of our life will be us surrendering to God and allowing God to remove items in us that are not in God’s will.  
Let’s take a look at Bartimaeus.  Let’s start in Mark 10: 46-52.
I will read it from the Passion Translation Version.
Jesus Heals Blind Bar-Timai46 When Jesus and his disciples had passed through Jericho, a large crowd joined them. Upon leaving the village, they met a blind beggar sitting on the side of the road named Timai, the son of Timai.[a] 47 When he heard that Jesus from Nazareth was passing by, he began to shout “Jesus, son of David,[b] have mercy on me now in my affliction. Heal me!”[c]
48 Those in the crowd were indignant and scolded him for making so much of a disturbance, but he kept shouting with all his might, “Son of David, have mercy on me now and heal me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him to come to me.” So they went to the blind man and said, “Have courage! Get up! Jesus is calling for you!” 50 So he threw off his beggars’ cloak, jumped up, and made his way to Jesus.
51 Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The man replied, “My Master,[d] please, let me see again!”
52 Jesus responded, “Your faith heals you. Go in peace, with your sight restored.”[e] All at once, the man’s eyes opened and he could see again, and he began at once to follow Jesus, walking down the road with him.
 
Now when I read these words several things leapt off of the page at me.  First, I want you to take notice that the blind man was calling out to Jesus.  Second, I want you to take notice that people around the blind man started scolding him.  

How many times have you been calling out to God, and you had friends or others around you try to stop what you wanted to receive from God?  How long have you dealt with what you are dealing with?  Are you tired of where you are?  Call out to Jesus.  Your faith in God moves Him.  Jesus calls out to you and says “come to me”.  Jesus says “I have already taken that for you.  Why are you still holding on to it.”  Let’s have the faith in God to do what Bartimeaus did!  He threw off his beggar’s cloak.  

What did that beggar’s cloak represent?  That beggar’s cloak represented the beggar’s identity.  All of his life he was blind and he had the identity of a blind beggar.  

Webster's dictionary defines the word "identity" as ": the distinguishing character or personality of an individual : INDIVIDUALITY. "

Then when we look up “individuality” it is defined as 
"total character peculiar to and distinguishing an individual from others
b: PERSONALITY"

Bartimeaus had to be willing to throw off that identity.  We can’t go ahead with what God is trying to do in our lives if we still on to things like unforgiveness, bitterness, self-rejection, hatred.  If we have the mindset of “I’ve always been this way” or “I’ve always done it this way” we can’t shift into our inheritance (or future).  This is called having a “fixed mindset”.  We have to be willing to be like Bartimeaus and throw off the cloaks of our identities and put on the identity God wants us to have.  Being willing to change from our old ways and habits is called having a “growth mindset”. 

You may be asking “How do I throw off that identity?”  You may not even know what identity you are still holding on to.  How do you find out?

Ephesians 1:15-23 NIV is a great place to start to ask God.  
 
Thanksgiving and Prayer15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Let’s take a look at verses 18-19.  We can make this our prayer.   Paul writes that he prays that the “eyes of [our heart] will be enlightened in order that [we] may know the hope to which [God] has called us, the riches of [God’s] glorious inheritance in His holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.”
This is a prayer that I have continually prayed and asked God to reveal to me. 

I encourage you to ask God to open the eyes of your heart so that you may know the hope to which He has called you.  Listen and feel God’s presence fill the room in which you are in.  

All it takes is faith.  Your faith moves God. 
 
Since we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony according to Revelations I will now tell you my testimony of where I got to where I am today.  
 
I started this message saying “It was a day I will never forget.   Several years ago, I was sitting behind a computer monitor waiting on people to send me a message requesting prayer while listening to the pastor preaching his sermon.  I can't tell you what he preached on, but the Holy Spirit met me in that room.  I began reading my Bible in Deuteronomy 1.  “ 
Here is the rest of the story. ..
 
Have you ever been dealing with something for a long time? Did you ever felt like giving up? That maybe God didn't hear your prayers?   That was my case.  I dealt with an abusive husband. I had felt like giving up.   I had made my bed and now I was going to have to lay down in it.  I felt like my prayers weren't being answered because the husband never changed no matter how many times.we went to counseling. Well, the day I read Deuteronomy 1  God confirmed for the second time that He would allow me to divorce my then husband.  
I got divorced and my life forever changed.  I had left the battlefield where I was trained in spiritual warfare and some deliverance.  I felt as though I  was finally entering my promised land.  I had to fight.  I had to fight thoughts lies like losing all my gifts, offense at every message that talked about saving marriages,anger, betrayal, rejection, etc.  I had to fight for who I was.  What was I made of?  My identity had always been the “abused wife that stayed with her husband and protected her children.”  My identity shifted so my destiny could shift. God blessed me with a wonderful, Godly, new husband who was a great role model to the boys.  God showed me that he answered my prayers.  Then what was my identity then?  I couldn’t say that my identity was a single mom anymore.  Then this past December I again had a shift in my identity.  I had an ear infection that resulted in me having a seizure. During the time period of my recovery I felt as though my anniversary was taken from me, celebrating Christmas was taken from me, my friends had abandoned me, and that I was rejected and not listened to.  When I addressed my hurts with the friends I felt rejected by them even further.  I was faced with hurt and confusion.  Why did God allow this to happen?  When you ask God a question in prayer and you stay holding on to the horns of his altar while praying God will answer you in His timing. 

Finally, the time came when Father God answered me by telling me to go to a conference in Tennessee.  The whole family went and an Apostle from Delaware was there by the name of Dale Mast.  He spoke on seeing God the Father as a Father.  He described the way we should approach God.  We should approach Him knowing that He will give us anything we ask.  His quote was “We have refrigerator rights!”  It’s true.  I can go to my Dad’s house and I can go into his refrigerator and get anything that I would like.  If I can do that with my earthly father then what more will my Heavenly Father do.  I started calling Father God by the name of “Daddy God”.  This whole concept changed me.  I purchased his books and I began to read them.  One of the lines in his book “And David Perceived He Was King” described the difference between being a son and being an employee.  For years I have worked in God’s Kingdom as an employee.  Employees work in the Kingdom, but they don’t advance the kingdom.  It’s only sons who advance the kingdom because it is part of their inheritance.  Employees earn wages but not inheritances.  I was so convicted of being an employee.  I repented and I started asking God how do I walk as your daughter and start walking in my inheritance.  He began to show me how for so long when I prayed I prayed in Jesus’ name.  That was absolutely right, but my heart was set on Jesus and not Father God.  I changed my focus on praying to Father God through his son, Jesus.  Now when I pray to Father God I feel His presence with me in a much more powerful way.  

When we look back at Blind Bartimaeus the scripture says he was “restored”.  The word restored in this context and more than 100 times in the New Testament is from the Greek word “sozo”  This Greek word sozo and is best defined with multiple terms: “delivered, saved, restored, healed, rescued, preserved, made whole.” There is at least an implication that the man was saved, healed, and delivered, with sight restored, all at the same time.

Let Father God restore you.  What holds you back from entering into your inheritance?  How do you see Father God?  Do you see him like your earthly father?  My earthly father had issues.  God has no issues.  

Let’s take a few minutes and ask Father God what he says to us.  

(Turn on some soft, instrumental music)

Let’s ask Father God some questions.  

Question #1:  Ask Father God what He loves most about you.  Listen to see what you see, feel, or hear.  

(Wait for about 1 minute)

Question #2:  Ask Father God what one area He wants you to work on? Listen to see what you see, feel, or hear.  

(Wait for about 1 minute) 

Now since we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony is there anyone here that would like to share what God showed and told them?

(Wait for a response) 

Now I will turn the floor back over to Apostles Al & Pat. 

All glory goes to God!

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