Hillsong TV // Jesus is the Master Builder, Pt2 with Brian Houston

November 15, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


[MUSIC]>>WHAT TYPE OF BUILDER
DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD IS? IS HE CAPABLE OF TAKING A RUIN
AND BRINGING IT TO LIFE? DO YOU AGREE THAT GOD
IS A BUILDER OF LIVES AND A BUILDER OF FAMILIES
AND A BUILDER OF CHURCHES? WELL, I’M GLAD YOU JOINED ME
TODAY AS I SPEAK ABOUT GOD AS A MASTER BUILDER.
GOD IS MASTERFUL AT ANYTHING THAT HE DOES.
SO IF YOU’RE SPEAKING ABOUT MASTER BUILDING, THERE IS
NO GREATER THAN OUR GOD. AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO
SAID HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH, WHO IS A BUILDER OF LIVES,
BUILDER OF FAMILIES, BUILDER OF HOMES, CAN BUILD A CAREER AND
HE DOES IT ALL BY TAKING WHAT IS RUINED AND WHAT IS, WITHOUT
JESUS CHRIST, LOST AND EMPTY AND HE BRINGS LIFE TO IT.
I PRAY THE MESSAGE WILL REALLY BLESS YOU TODAY.>>I’VE BEEN PREACHING FROM
EZRA CHAPTER 9, VERSE 9, IT SAYS NOW,
“WE WERE SLAVES BUT GOD DID NOT FORSAKE US IN OUR BONDAGE TO
REVIVE US, TO REPAIR GOD’S HOUSE AND TO REBUILD ITS RUINS.”
THAT WORD, “REPAIR,” IT DOESN’T JUST MEAN THE LITERAL PHYSICAL
TEMPLE AND REPAIR THE WALLS AND, YOU KNOW, FIX THE ROOF.
IT MEANS THAT AND MUCH MORE ‘CAUSE WITHIN ITS CONTEXT
IT LITERALLY IS TALKING ABOUT THE GLORY OF GOD’S HOUSE.
IT’S LITERALLY TALKING ABOUT ITS EXALTED STATUS.
MATTHEW 16:18, JESUS SAID HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH.
HE’S A BUILDER, A MASTER BUILDER AND WHEN HE SAID HE WOULD BUILD
IT, HE SAID THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT, SHALL NOT,
CANNOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. I LOVE THE RESILIENCE OF
THE CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
NOT JUST OUR CHURCH, THE CHURCH. AND YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BUILDINGS
FOR ONE REASON AND THAT’S BECAUSE WHAT GOD WANTS
TO DO WITH PEOPLE’S LIVES IS IMPORTANT.>>SO IMAGINE WE DIDN’T
HAVE A BUILDING. AND WE’VE GOT A BUILDING BUT
I’M BELIEVING FOR MANY MORE. WE NEED BUILDINGS
IN NEW YORK AND IN LONDON. WE NEED THEM AT MELBOURNE.
WE NEED THEM IN MANY OF OUR EXTENSION SERVICES AND
I’LL GIVE YOU SOME REASONS WHY. BUT DO YOU KNOW, IF YOU REALLY
CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING JESUS CARES ABOUT, THEN YOU WANT TO
SEE LIVES IMPACTED TONIGHT. BETWEEN THE MEETING NEXT DOOR
AND THIS ONE HERE, THERE’LL BE SOMEWHERE AROUND
4,000 PEOPLE AT CHURCH HERE, JUST ON THIS PROPERTY TONIGHT.
OBVIOUSLY A LOT MORE THIS MORNING AND SO ON.
WELL, IF WE DIDN’T HAVE THE BUILDING, WE COULD BE GIVING
ALL THE MONEY TO THE POOR BUT IF WE DIDN’T HAVE A BUILDING, THERE
IS NOWHERE IN SYDNEY LITERALLY, CERTAINLY IN ALL OF THE WEST OF
SYDNEY WHERE YOU CAN HAVE THIS MANY PEOPLE AND IF YOU DIDN’T
HAVE THE PEOPLE YOU COULDN’T HAVE CHURCH AND IF YOU DIDN’T
HAVE CHURCH YOU WOULDN’T BE HELPING ANYBODY.
THE BUILDING IS JUST A MEANS TO AN END.
YOU CAN MAKE SURFACE JUDGMENTS BUT AS A CHURCH WE’RE ABLE TO DO
MORE TODAY TO HELP PEOPLE AND TO BE REACHING OUT THROUGH
HILLSONG CITY CARE HELPING EVERY WEEK
HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES, THOUSANDS EVERY MONTH, AND TENS OF
THOUSANDS EVERY SINGLE YEAR IN OUR CITY AND THROUGH MISSIONS
OVERSEAS AND IT’S BECAUSE WE HAVE A CHURCH HOME THAT
WE’RE RELEASED TO DO ALL THAT. SO HOW DO YOU SEE IT NOW?
THAT WAS THE QUESTION THE PROPHET ASKED WHEN
IT CAME TO THEIR HOUSE OF GOD. HOW DO YOU SEE IT?
DO YOU SEE IT AS NOTHING? OFTENTIMES, PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO
REAL VALUE FOR EVERYTHING JESUS DOES IN PEOPLE’S HEARTS AND
LIVES, THEY HAVE NO RESPECT OR ANY VALUE FOR WHAT GOD WANTS TO
DO IN PEOPLE’S LIVES BUT I PRAY THAT WE’LL ALWAYS BE A CHURCH
THAT WANTS TO GROW AND EXPAND AND REACH OUT AND TOUCH MORE
PEOPLE’S LIVES AND SEE A CITY WON FOR JESUS AND SEE A NATION
IMPACTED FOR CHRIST AND I PRAY WE’LL BE PEOPLE WHO NEVER JUST
MAKE SURFACE JUDGMENTS BUT WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT GOD
CARES ABOUT AND THAT’S THE GLORY THAT GOES IN THE HOUSE.
HE’S ASKED: HOW DO YOU SEE IT NOW?
WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU WALK INTO A BUILDING LIKE THIS?
DO YOU JUST SEE THESE SCREENS AND THE BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL
GRAPHICS HERE ON THE WALL AND DO YOU JUST SEE SOME OF THIS
AND MAKE A SURFACE JUDGMENT ABOUT IT?
CAN I TELL YOU, I CAN WALK INTO THIS BUILDING EMPTY BUT
WE DEDICATED A BUILDING HERE IN OUR CITY AND, DO YOU KNOW,
THAT BUILDING, I ASKED THE SAME QUESTION: HOW DO YOU SEE IT?
DO YOU SEE IT AS NOTHING? WHAT DO YOU SEE?
DO YOU JUST SEE THE ESTHETICS? AND THEN I BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT
WHAT I SEE. IT’S A BIT OF FUN REALLY
BUT I BEGAN TO TALK ABOUT THE BUILDING THAT I SEE.
I’D LOVE YOU TO HEAR IT, I’D LOVE YOU TO THINK ABOUT IT.
I WROTE DOWN THE BUILDING THAT I SEE IS FAITHFULNESS MANIFESTED
IN BRICKS AND MORTAR. IT IS THE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF
SACRIFICIAL FORESIGHT, UNSELFISH GENEROSITY AND FORWARD THINKING.
I SEE A BUILDING PREGNANT WITH HEAVENLY POSSIBILITIES
AND GOD-BREATHED POTENTIAL. A BUILDING THAT IS A MIRACULOUS
ANSWER TO PRAYER AND A CAUSE FOR GREAT JOY AND CELEBRATION.
I SEE FUTURE WEDDINGS, FOR COUPLES WHO HAVE NOT YET MET… A LOVING HOME WHERE CHILDREN
WILL BE DEDICATED, YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE IMPACTED AND LIFELONG
FRIENDSHIPS WILL BE MADE. I SEE A BUILDING WHERE POWERFUL
MESSAGES WILL BE RECEIVED THAT ARE NOT YET PREACHED
AND SONGS WILL BE SUNG THAT ARE NOT YET WRITTEN.
HOLY SPIRIT-INSPIRED WORSHIP ANTHEMS THAT TRULY TOUCH HEAVEN
AND CHANGE EARTH. I SEE A BUILDING WHERE SALVATION
WILL FLOW, MIRACLES WILL BE EXPERIENCED, AND THE SPIRIT OF
GOD WILL BE UNDENIABLY EVIDENT. I SEE A BUILDING IN WHICH
CHRIST WILL BE EXALTED, GOD WILL BE GLORIFIED, AND
LIVES WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER. THAT’S THE GLORY RIGHT THERE.
THAT’S THE GLORY. THAT’S WHAT WE BELIEVE FOR.
LET’S NEVER EVER JUST LOOK AT SURFACE JUDGMENTS AND TAKE ON
THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD. LET’S BE PEOPLE WITH FAITH TO
SEE THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST GO FORWARD.
I PRAY THAT GOD WILL BUILD YOUR HOUSE AND I PRAY THAT YOU’LL
HAVE A SPIRIT ALWAYS THAT IS ALIVE AND OPEN TO US SEEING
THE HOUSE OF GOD, BEING ABLE TO TAKE PEOPLE’S LIVES AND TURNING
RUINS INTO SOMETHING GLORIOUS IN JESUS’ NAME.
I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS ‘CAUSE THEY GIVE US THE CHANCE TO HAVE
A STAKE IN THE GROUND. THERE’S A SENSE OF PERMANENCE
ABOUT IT. IT’S KIND OF LIKE, OKAY,
SO YOU’RE HERE TO STAY. I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS ‘CAUSE
IT ENABLES US TO BE THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL.
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WE WERE JUST AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS
AND THERE WERE TIMES WHEN WE COULDN’T EVEN HAVE CHURCH BEFORE
WE HAD A BUILDING BECAUSE, WELL, THE BUILDING THAT WE RENTED
WASN’T AVAILABLE. ONE NIGHT–WE RENTED A BUILDING
NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE. ONE NIGHT, LITERALLY SOMEONE
GOT STABBED THE NIGHT BEFORE IN A PARTY IN THE BUILDING.
SO IT WAS A MURDER SCENE. WE WEREN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE
CHURCH THAT MORNING. BUT, YOU KNOW,
HEAR WHAT I’M SAYING. HEAR WHAT I’M SAYING BECAUSE
THE POWER OF IT IS TRUE. IT GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO BE
THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL. I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS BECAUSE
THEY GIVE YOU FLEXIBILITY. WE CAN DECIDE WE NEED TO START
A 4:30 SERVICE IN THE CHAPEL SO WE CAN REACH MORE PEOPLE AND
WHY DON’T WE HAVE IT MORE LIKE A BLUEGRASS STYLE WITH A BIT OF,
LIKE, FOLK-TYPE MUSIC? YOU KNOW,
WHY DON’T WE JUST DO IT A BIT DIFFERENT AND, OH, WE GOT
THAT KIND OF FLEXIBILITY BECAUSE GOD HAS BLESSED US
WITH CHURCH BUILDINGS. I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS
BECAUSE IT RELEASES VISION AND OPPORTUNITY, RATHER THAN US
HAVING TO CONSTANTLY, CONSTANTLY BE PUTTING FINANCE INTO,
YOU KNOW, A BUCKET WITH A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM
TO PAY RENT FOR SOMEBODY ELSE, WE’RE IN A POSITION WHERE
WE’RE RELEASED INTO MISSIONS AND CHRISTIAN TELEVISION
AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND HELPING THE HURTING
AND THE POOR AND FEEDING PEOPLE AND HELPING PEOPLE.
WE’RE IN A POSITION TO MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE WHERE
IT RELEASES US INTO MAKING– I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS
‘CAUSE IT GIVES YOU A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
AND MY WIFE, BEFORE WE EVER DEDICATED THIS BUILDING
TO THE LORD, SHE WANTED A SIGN RIGHT IN THE FRONT THAT NO ONE
COULD MISS THAT SAID SIMPLY, “WELCOME HOME.”
AND EVERY BUILDING WE HAVE HAS THAT SIGN RIGHT IN THE FRONT,
“WELCOME HOME.” IT’S THAT SENSE OF COMMUNITY
AND FAMILY AND HOME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE LACK.
I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS BECAUSE IT’S NOT ONLY A STAKE
IN THE GROUND, BUT IT’S AN IDENTITY IN THE COMMUNITY.
YOU GO PAST–DOWN NORWEST ROAD, TURN RIGHT OFF WINDSOR ROAD,
HAVE A LOOK. YOU’LL SEE THE BIG RTA SIGN,
BLUE SIGN, SAYS “HILLSONG CONVENTION CENTRE.”
TURN RIGHT THERE, GO DOWN– GO PAST THAT HILLSONG CHURCH.
YOU KNOW THAT HILLSONG CHURCH, GO PAST IT.
GO ON UP TO THE TOP, TURN RIGHT AND BUNNINGS IS JUST UP THERE.
IT’S AN IDENTITY IN THE COMMUNITY.
I MEAN, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN SOME PEOPLE HAD
SOME FORESIGHT IN PARIS. THEY BUILT A LITTLE CHURCH
BUILDING AND CALLED IT NOTRE DAME.
IMAGINE IF NOTRE DAME WAS JUST A COMMUNITY, LIKE, A MOVEMENT
THAT HAPPENED IN PARIS HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO AND, WELL, IT KIND
OF PETERED OUT AND WE PROBABLY WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN IT
EXISTED BUT THERE’S A BUILDING THERE THAT TELLS US
THERE WAS A TIME. YOU KNOW, I DON’T THINK
EVER BUILDINGS SHOULD JUST BECOME MUSEUMS.
IT’S TRAGIC WHEN A BUILDING BECOMES THE ALL AND IT BECOMES
THE END BECAUSE TRAGICALLY SOME CHURCH BUILDINGS BECOME BINGO
HALLS OR SOME CLEVER ARCHITECT TAKES AN OLD LITTLE CHURCH
SOMEWHERE AND TURNS IT INTO HIS HOUSE.
OR MAYBE, SOME TRAGICALLY EVEN, HAVE BEEN LOST TO THE CHRISTIAN
CAUSE ALTOGETHER BUT THAT’S BECAUSE WE LOSE SIGHT
OF WHERE THE GLORY IS. THE GLORY IS IN WHAT GOD
WANTS TO DO IN THE HEARTS AND LIVES OF PEOPLE.
THE GLORY IS TAKING WHAT’S RUINED AND LIFTING IT UP
AND BRINGING BEAUTY FROM ASHES. LET THE RUINS COME TO LIFE.
I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS BECAUSE IT CREATES AN ATMOSPHERE
THAT GOD TO MOVE. I CAN REMEMBER HAVING CHURCH
MEETINGS AND I MEAN THEY’RE GOOD TIMES AND THEY’RE GREAT STORIES
TO TELL AND IT’S ALL PART OF THE JOURNEY BUT I REMEMBER
HAVING CHURCH WHERE THE PARTY WAS JUST FINISHED
AN HOUR OR SO BEFORE WE MOVED IN SUNDAY MORNING AND YOU COULD
SMELL ALCOHOL AND SMELL EVERY OTHER KIND OF
AN UNIMAGINABLE SMELL AND, YOU KNOW, THERE’S
JUST SORT OF EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE LYING AROUND.
WE’RE TRYING TO CLEAN UP SO WE CAN HAVE–WELL, THAT’S ALL GOOD
BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE’S SOMETHING NICE ABOUT BEING ABLE TO CREATE
AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE YOU CAN SET THE TABLE AND PEOPLE
CAN REALLY RECEIVE SOMETHING. YOU KNOW,
IT OPENS PEOPLE’S HEARTS. I THINK THAT’S GOOD.
I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS BECAUSE ULTIMATELY
IT’S GOOD STEWARDSHIP. AND THAT’S THE TRUTH.
LIKE I SAID, INSTEAD OF JUST PUTTING MONEY, YOU KNOW, IN
BUCKETS AND HOLE IN AND PAYING SOMEBODY ELSE RENT AND STILL
BEING THE TAIL AND NOT THE HEAD, GIVES US A CHANCE TO NOT BUILD
ON SAND BUT BUILD ON THE ROCK JUST LIKE IN PEOPLE’S OWN LIVES.
YOU KNOW, YOU GET THAT FIRST HOUSE AND IT SETS YOU UP AND
WITH A WHOLE LOT OF HARD WORK AND PAIN AND SACRIFICE IT
POSITIONS YOU TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD AND IT’S EXACTLY
THE SAME FOR THE CHURCH FAMILY. SO IT’S JUST GOOD
FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. I LOVE CHURCH BUILDINGS BECAUSE
IT RELEASES GOD’S PROMISE, IT RELEASES GOD’S PURPOSE,
IT ENABLES US TO DO WHAT GOD HAS CALLED US TO DO AND I SAY,
“THANK GOD.” AND I’M BELIEVING FOR OUR CHURCH
IN MERRYLANDS WHERE WE HAVE OUR SPANISH SERVICE AND WE HAVE
AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING SERVICE AND WE RUN YOUTH GROUPS.
I’M BELIEVING FOR GOD TO GIVE US BUILDINGS AND OFTEN
IT COMES WITH A LOT OF PAIN AND A LOT OF SACRIFICE
BUT I’M BELIEVING GOD FOR IT. I’M BELIEVING FOR GOD TO GIVE US
A BUILDING IN THE GREATER WESTERN PART OF SYDNEY WHERE
WE CAN TRULY, TRULY, TRULY REACH OUT AND TOUCH MORE PEOPLE.
WE’RE BELIEVING FOR BUILDINGS IN BONDI WHERE AT THE MOMENT
WE RENT A MOVIE THEATER AND THE REST COSTS–BASICALLY
ALL THE TITHES AND OFFERINGS GOES INTO THE RENT.
AND YOU MUST SAY, “WELL, IS THAT WORTH IT?”
IT IS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY BECAUSE
IT’S HELPING US TO TAKE RUINS AND BRING LIFE.
IT’S HELPING US TO SEE THE LIFE OF CHRIST AND THE GLORY OF GOD.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.
I’M BELIEVING THAT WE CAN ULTIMATELY SEE JUST A MIRACLE
STORY IN MANHATTAN, IN NEW YORK, SO HILLSONG CHURCH IN NEW YORK
CAN HAVE A CHURCH HOME AND WE CAN GROW, SO THAT WE DON’T HAVE
TO KEEP HAVING EIGHT SERVICES OR I’M PRAYING WE’LL STILL HAVE
TO HAVE EIGHT SERVICES BUT WE’LL JUST BE ABLE TO REACH
A WHOLE LOT MORE PEOPLE. AND I WANT THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE
PART OF OUR CHURCH–IF YOU’RE VISITING, I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE.
BUT IF YOU’RE PART OF OUR CHURCH, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU
TO JOIN US WITH FAITH. HERE, WE WANT TO BUILD
AN EPICENTER RIGHT NEXT DOOR. WE’VE ALREADY GOT THE RUINS
THERE, THAT’S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE RIGHT NOW.
YEAH, WE’VE GOT THE RUINS, IT’S ALL GRAFFITI’ED UP, IT’S
KIND OF LIKE THE FOUNDATIONS AND THE FOOTINGS BUT WE’VE GOT
A PLAN WHERE WE CAN DO MORE TO HELP KIDS AND REACH FAMILIES
AND HAVE YOUTH MINISTRIES AND PUT ON PROGRAMS FOR OUR STUDENTS
THAT’LL CAUSE US TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OUR COURSES TO ANOTHER
LEVEL ALTOGETHER SO I WANT YOU TO HAVE FAITH WITH ME AND WE’RE
GONNA BELIEVE GOD TOGETHER TO BRING BLESSING INTO YOUR LIVES
SO THAT WE TOGETHER CAN SEE THE BLESSING OF GOD IN OUR
CHURCH AND I’M UNAPOLOGETIC IN IT IN JESUS’ NAME.
LET THE RUINS COME TO LIFE IN THE BEAUTY OF HIS NAME,
RISING UP FROM THE ASHES. GOD, FOREVER, YOU REIGN.
AND MY SOUL WILL FIND REFUGE IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WINGS.
I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND FOREVER I’LL SING.
LET THE RUINS COME TO LIFE. AH, PRAISE GOD.>>WELL, I’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
THIS PROPHET, HAGGAI. AND WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HAGGAI
IS HE WAS SPEAKING LIFE INTO PEOPLE.
WHAT HE WAS SPEAKING ABOUT WAS LET’S NOT ONLY CARE ABOUT OUR
OWN HOUSE, LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE CARE ABOUT GOD’S HOUSE, WHICH
IN BIBLE TIMES HAD BEEN LEFT IN RUINS AFTER A DEVASTATING WAR.
AND YOU KNOW, WE’VE GOT TO CARE ABOUT WHAT GOD CARES ABOUT.
IF WE BUILD WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO HIM, THEN I GET THE SENSE THAT
GOD BUILDS WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO US AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU
TO PARTNER WITH HIM, NOT ONLY IN BUILDING YOUR OWN LIFE AND YOUR
OWN HOME AND YOUR OWN FAMILY BUT SEEING IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY
TO REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR CITY OR IN YOUR VILLAGE
OR IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE BEST WAY I KNOW TO DO THAT
IS THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH. CHURCHES DO SO MANY GREAT THINGS
IN COMMUNITIES AND I PRAY TO SEE MORE CHURCHES AND GREATER
BUILDINGS AND GREATER FACILITIES AND, DO YOU KNOW, IN THE OLD
DAYS, BEAUTIFUL OLD CATHEDRALS WERE BUILT IN EUROPEAN CITIES
AND AFFECTED CITIES AROUND THE WORLD.
AND THEY MARKED THE CENTER OF TOWN.
IT WAS LIKE THEY WERE IN THE BEGINNING AND IN
THE VERY CENTER OF A COMMUNITY AND THEN THE COMMUNITY WOULD
HAPPEN AND EVOLVE AROUND THAT. AND THESE DAYS I PRAY THERE
MAY BE MODERN-DAY CATHEDRALS IN THE SUBURBS.
MODERN-DAY FACILITIES AND BUILDINGS THAT ARE BIG AND BOLD
THAT REACH PEOPLE AND REALLY WHERE PEOPLE CAN COME IN
AND THEY CAN RECEIVE THE HELP THAT SO MANY PEOPLE NEED.
I’M A BELIEVER IN THE CHURCH. I’M A BELIEVER IN THE DIFFERENCE
A CHURCH MAKES. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU ALSO
TO HAVE THE KIND OF ATTITUDE THAT’S OPEN TOWARDS WHAT GOD
CAN DO IN THE CHURCH. AND IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE
THE KIND OF PERSON WHO SAYS, “IF I WAS EVER IN A CHURCH,
THE ROOF WOULD FALL IN,” I DARE YOU TO GO AND TRY IT.
I DON’T THINK IT’S GONNA FALL IN.>>I FOUND OUT I HAD POLYCYSTIC
OVARIAN SYNDROME THROUGH A ROUTINE DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT.
THAT CAME WITH A RESULT THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR US TO GET
PREGNANT, IF WE COULD AT ALL. AFTER 5 YEARS OF TRYING,
WE EVENTUALLY HAD THE MIRACLE OF FALLING PREGNANT WITH TWINS
WHICH WAS HUGELY EXCITING BUT VERY OVERWHELMING AND THEN
AT OUR 18-WEEK SCAN WE FOUND OUT THAT SOPHIE HAD CHALLENGES.
>>YOU COULD SEE DIFFERENT DEFECTS WITH HER HEART AND
WE COULD SEE THERE WAS PROBLEMS WITH HER BOWEL AND WE COULD SEE
THERE WERE PROBLEMS WITH HER KIDNEY AND DIFFERENT THINGS WITH
HER ARM AND BECAUSE NO ONE COULD PUT A SORT OF DIAGNOSIS ON IT,
NO ONE REALLY KNEW WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN.
>>AND THEN GIVEN CHOICES ABOUT TERMINATIONS.
THERE WAS NO OPTION TO US THAT SOPHIE WASN’T GONNA SURVIVE.
ONCE THE BABIES WERE BORN, LEVI WAS HEALTHY, FINE.
SOPHIE WAS BORN NOT BREATHING. FROM THERE ON IN, THERE WERE
QUITE A LOT OF COMPLICATIONS WITH ONE THING AND ANOTHER
AND DIFFERENT OPERATIONS. AND SHE HAD TWO MAJOR OPERATIONS
THE NIGHT SHE WAS BORN.>>WE WERE SITTING
BY HER BEDSIDE AND OUR DOCTOR WAS EATING A LEMONADE POPSICLE
AND SAYING, “THERE’S NOTHING MORE WE CAN DO.”
AND YET SHE CONTINUED TO HANG ON AND CONTINUED TO FIGHT.
AND THE DOCTORS DIDN’T KNOW WHY AND DIDN’T KNOW
WHAT WAS GOING ON.>>AND WE ASKED,
“WHERE TO FROM NOW?” AND THE RESPONSE WAS, “WE DIDN’T
THINK SHE’D MAKE IT THIS FAR, SO KEEP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?” WE SAID, “JUST LOVING HER AND
PRAYING TOGETHER AND BELIEVING FOR GOD,” AND THEY SAID,
“KEEP DOING THAT.”>>I THOUGHT I KNEW
HOW TO TRUST GOD. I THOUGHT I KNEW THAT I BELIEVED
THAT GOD WAS THE BUILDER OF MY LIFE AND SO I COULD TRUST HIM.
WHAT WE’VE LEARNED THROUGH THAT, THROUGH THE WHOLE JOURNEY IS GOD
TRULY IS THE BUILDER OF MY LIFE AND I AM NOT.
AND I DON’T KNOW HOW TO. GOD HAS BUILT OUR LIVES AND HAS
BUILT OUR MARRIAGE AND ADDED CHILDREN AND BUILT A FAMILY.
IT’S A MIRACLE IN EVERY WAY.>>MY HOPE IT LIES
IN YOUR PROMISE MY FAITH IT STANDS ON
THE EMPTY GRAVE OH CALL
CALL UPON THE NAME JESUS CHRIST
THE ONLY NAME THAT SAVES FOR THERE IS NO ONE
LIKE OUR GOD THERE’S NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD
THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAN STAND AGAINST YOU
THERE’S NO STRONGHOLD YOU CAN’T BREAK
NO LIFE THAT YOU CAN’T SAVE OUR GOD YOU NEVER FAIL [MUSIC] STRONG THROUGH EVERY TRIAL
FAITHFUL THROUGH THE NIGHT OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL
OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL ANCHOR THROUGH THE FLOOD
YOU KEEP HOLDING ON I KNOW YOU’LL NEVER FAIL
JESUS YOU’LL NEVER FAIL STRONG THROUGH EVERY TRIAL
FAITHFUL THROUGH THE NIGHT OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL
OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL ANCHOR THROUGH THE FLOOD
YOU KEEP HOLDING ON I KNOW YOU’LL NEVER FAIL
JESUS YOU’LL NEVER FAIL OH CALL
CALL UPON THE NAME JESUS CHRIST
THE ONLY NAME THAT SAVES OH CALL
CALL UPON THE NAME JESUS CHRIST
THE ONLY NAME THAT SAVES FOR THERE IS NO ONE
LIKE OUR GOD THERE’S NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD
THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAN STAND AGAINST YOU
THERE’S NO STRONGHOLD YOU CAN’T BREAK
NO LIFE THAT YOU CAN’T SAVE OUR GOD YOU NEVER FAIL
STRONG THROUGH EVERY TRIAL FAITHFUL THROUGH THE NIGHT
OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL
ANCHOR THROUGH THE FLOOD YOU KEEP HOLDING ON
I KNOW YOU’LL NEVER FAIL JESUS YOU’LL NEVER FAIL
STRONG THROUGH EVERY TRIAL FAITHFUL THROUGH THE NIGHT
OUR GOD WILL NEVER FAIL>>THANKS SO MUCH
FOR JOINING ME. I REALLY PRAY THAT
THE MESSAGE HAS HELPED YOU. AND I WANT US ALL TO ALWAYS
BE THINKING ABOUT BUILDINGS WITH A GOOD PERSPECTIVE WHERE WE
DON’T JUST JUDGE WITH OUTWARD APPEARANCES AND THE ESTHETICS OF
A BUILDING BUT WE SEE HOW GOD CAN USE BUILDINGS JUST LIKE OUR
FAMILY NEEDS SHELTER AND A HOME. I BELIEVE THAT CHURCHES, FOR
THEM TO HAVE A HOME, RELEASES THEM INTO THE WORK OF HELPING
THE POOR, DOING THE WORK OF MINISTRY, BRINGING LIFE
TO PEOPLE SPIRITUALLY AND THAT’S ALL THE THINGS
THAT JESUS CARED ABOUT. THANKS SO MUCH.
DON’T EVER FORGET, THE BEST IS YET TO COME.