September 15, 2019
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Hillsong TV // Where the Spirit of the Lord is There is Freedom, Pt2 with Brian Houston


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>>DO YOU THINK FREEDOM CAN BE BOXED?
CAN YOU IDENTIFY AREAS IN YOUR LIFE THAT NEED FREEDOM?
DO YOU FEEL THERE IS SOMETHING RESTRICTING YOU?
RESTRICTION CAN COME FROM WITHIN BUT ALSO FROM THOSE AROUND US.
WELL, I’M SO GLAD YOU JOINED ME TODAY AS I CONTINUE ON
THE SUBJECT, “WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS,
THERE IS FREEDOM.” AND, OF COURSE, THE BIBLE,
IT SAYS THAT SO VERY CLEARLY. AND FREEDOM CAN MEAN DIFFERENT
THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE, BUT I PRAY THE LIFE OF GOD’S SPIRIT
AND THE FREEDOM HE BRINGS CAN REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR WORLD,
REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE.>>IT’S BEEN FUN PREACHING ABOUT
THE SONGS THAT WE SING IN CHURCH AND THIS PARTICULAR SONG,
“WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM.
WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, CHAINS ARE BROKEN,
EYES ARE OPENED, CHRIST IS WITH US.
CHRIST IS WITH US. WHO THE SON HAS FREED,
HE IS FREE INDEED. ALL OUR SIN IS GONE,
WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED.” JESUS PAID IT ALL.
JUST THINK ABOUT THAT TRUTH. “JESUS PAID IT ALL.
OPEN WIDE THE GATES OF HEAVEN, FILL OUR HEARTS AS WE SURRENDER.
LORD, LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL. LORD, LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL.
WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM.”
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS FREEDOM AND WHERE THERE IS FREEDOM,
YOU CAN’T BOX IT. WE TRY TO BOX THE HOLY SPIRIT
TO WORKING THIS WAY OR TO WORKING THAT WAY.
WE ARE NEVER GONNA WIN THAT. THE HOLY SPIRIT GOES BEFORE,
HE’S WITHIN, HE CAN COME UPON. HE CAN COME BEHIND.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD, IT SEEMS THAT HE IS EVERYWHERE.
BUT THE POWERFUL THING IS WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN IN
OUR DARKNESS, IN OUR EMPTINESS, IN OUR VOID, IN OUR LIVES, THAT
WE CAN KNOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD.>>IN PSALM 139,
DAVID CAME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE WAS NOWHERE
HE COULD GO FROM GOD’S SPIRIT. “WHERE CAN I GO
FROM YOUR SPIRIT? OR WHERE CAN I FLEE
FROM YOUR PRESENCE? IF I ASCEND INTO HEAVEN,
THERE YOU ARE; IF I MAKE MY BED IN HELL, BEHOLD, THERE YOU ARE.
IF I TAKE THE WINGS OF THE MORNING, AND DWELL IN
THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE SEA,” GUESS WHO’S THERE.
PRAISE GOD. “EVEN THERE YOUR HAND SHALL
LEAD ME, AND YOUR RIGHT HAND SHALL HOLD ME.”
AND IT GOES ON AND IT TALKS ABOUT THE DARKNESS AND HOW
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS THERE. SO YOU CAN SEE
THE SPIRIT OF GOD. AMEN.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS NOT IN SHORT SUPPLY.
THE ACTUAL TRANSLATION OF WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD,
IF YOU TOOK IT DIRECTLY FROM THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE,
IT SAYS, “THE LORD IS SPIRIT, THEREFORE THERE’S FREEDOM.
THE LORD IS SPIRIT, THEREFORE THERE’S FREEDOM.”
AND IF I LOOK UP AS I DID IN THE CONCORDANCE,
THAT WORD “FREEDOM” FROM A BIBLICAL CONCEPT.
AND THEN I LOOKED AT WHAT TO ME IS A VERY IMPORTANT SOURCE OF
UNDISPUTED INFORMATION, THAT IS MY AUSSIE POCKET DICTIONARY.
WELL, THIS IS WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT FREEDOM.
“UNRESTRICTED, UNIMPEDED, NOT CONFINED, SPONTANEOUS.”
I LOVE IT. UNRESTRICTED.
WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM, THAT MEANS
EVERYWHERE THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS, THERE’S FREEDOM.
SO HOW DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE HOLY SPIRIT ISN’T?
WHERE’S THE RESTRICTION? WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS,
THERE’S FREEDOM. WHERE WE NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT,
WHERE THE NEED TO INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ANYWHERE
IN OUR WORLD OR IN OUR LIFE WHERE THERE’S RESTRICTION.
I LOVE THE FACT THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT,
HE’S UNRESTRICTED, UNCONTAINED, CANNOT BE CONTAINED, BEAUTIFUL.
I LOVE THE FACT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SPONTANEOUS.
DO YOU KNOW THERE’S AREAS IN OUR LIFE WHERE WE INVITE
THE SPIRIT OF GOD INTO OUR LIFE, HE COMES AS FREEDOM?
FREEDOM IS WHO HE IS. IT’S HIS NATURE.
IT’S THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
HE’LL BRING THAT FREEDOM INTO YOUR RESTRICTION,
MAYBE JUST TO THE WAY YOU RELATE TO GOD HIMSELF.
YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLE, THE IDEA OF ACTUALLY RELATING TO GOD
IS ABBA FATHER, LITERALLY DADDY. SOME PEOPLE, BECAUSE OF THEIR
OWN EXPERIENCE OF FATHERHOOD AND DADS AND MAYBE BECAUSE OF THEIR
OWN INHIBITION TO JUST HAVE A OPEN, FREE, RELATIONSHIP
WHERE YOU RECOGNIZE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
THAT YOU CAN LITERALLY LIVE IN AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP
WITH GOD THE FATHER, DADDY, ABBA, THE FATHER.
FOR SOME PEOPLE, THERE’S RESTRICTION AND I’D SAY
INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT. RECOGNIZE EXACTLY
WHAT JESUS HAS DONE. SEE, WHEN IT SAYS,
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM” AND IT STARTS
TALKING ABOUT MOSES AND A VEIL, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTICE
IT’S IN EXODUS 34, VERSE 34 AND VERSE 35.
SO MOSES, HE GOES INTO THE MEETING PLACE WITH
GOD, A TENT. WHEN HE GOES IN, THE GLORY
OF GOD SHINES ON HIS FACE. WELL, LISTEN TO WHAT IT SAYS
BECAUSE LOOK AT WHAT MOSES DID. IT SAYS, “WHENEVER MOSES WENT IN
BEFORE THE LORD TO SPEAK WITH HIM, HE WOULD TAKE THE VEIL OFF
UNTIL HE CAME OUT.” SO, IT WAS SOMETHING MOSES DID.
HE TOOK THE VEIL OFF, AND HE WOULD COME OUT AND SPEAK TO
THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WHATEVER HE HAD BEEN COMMANDED.
“AND THEN EVER THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL SAW THE FACE OF MOSES,
THAT THE SKIN OF MOSES’ FACE SHONE, THEN MOSES WOULD PUT
THE VEIL ON HIS FACE AGAIN, UNTIL HE WENT IN
TO SPEAK WITH HIM.” THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT,
THEY’RE BOTH DESCRIBED AS GLORIOUS, ONE MORE GLORIOUS
THAN THE OTHER AND THE GLORY OF THE ONE FADES IN THE GLORY
OF THE OTHER. AND DO YOU KNOW, BOTH OF THEM
REALLY ARE ABOUT GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PATH.
IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, IT’S NOT BAD, IT WAS GLORIOUS,
BUT IT WAS FULFILLED. IT’S PASSED AWAY.
THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE I CAN SEE IS IN THAT PHYSICAL ACT OF
MOSES, THE OLD TESTAMENT, MOSES WOULD PUT THE VEIL ON,
MOSES WOULD TAKE THE VEIL OFF. THE NEW TESTAMENT,
GOD REMOVED THE VEIL. IT’S ALL ABOUT WHAT HE DID.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST.
YOU SEE, THE TRUTH IS THAT AS NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS,
WE STILL NEED TO CHANGE. THERE’S STILL NEED TO BELIEVE.
LIKE THE VERSES CONTINUE AND SAY, “WHERE THE SPIRIT OF
THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY.” THEN IT DESCRIBES US LIKE
LOOKING INTO A GLASS DIMLY INTO A MIRROR BUT FROM GLORY
TO GLORY, HE’S CHANGING US. SO IT’S ALL ABOUT
GOD’S TRANSFORMATION BUT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
IT WAS BASED ON OUR SACRIFICE, OUR WORKS, WHAT WE DID.
IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS REMOVING THE VEIL
AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM.
AND SO IT COMPLETELY CHANGES THE WAY YOU RELATE TO GOD.
IF YOU WANT TO RELATE TO GOD IN THE FREEDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
THEN YOU GOTTA UNDERSTAND THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST,
AND YOU’VE GOTTA ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING THAT
FREEDOM SO THAT YOU RECOGNIZE, IT’S NOT BUILT ON YOUR DESERVES.
IT’S BUILT ON HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. YOU KNOW, JUST AS
IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE BIBLE SAYS HE MAKES US FREE
AND HE SETS US FREE. THERE’S A SUPERNATURAL
MIRACLE TO IT. HE MAKES US FREE.
I CAN’T MAKE THAT BLUE CARPET RED, BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT COULD
TAKE WHAT WAS UNRIGHTEOUS AND MAKE IT RIGHTEOUS.
THAT’S WHAT JESUS DID, MADE IT RIGHTEOUS.
SO POWERFUL. WELL, DO YOU KNOW I BELIEVE THAT
IF YOU’VE GOT RESTRICTION IN YOUR WORSHIP–I MEAN SOME PEOPLE
IT COULD FEEL A BIT AWKWARD PUTTING YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR.
AND IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO BUT IT IS OPEN TO
THE FREEDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND, YOU KNOW,
I LOVE FREE WORSHIP. TO ME, FREE WORSHIP ISN’T PEOPLE
PUTTING THEIR BRAINS ON HOLD AND ACTING LIKE, YOU KNOW, ANIMALS,
DUCKS QUACKING OR SOMETHING OR JUST DOING SILLY, CRAZY THINGS.
FREE WORSHIP IS JUST HAVING AN OPEN SPIRIT
WHERE WE ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HAVE FREE REIGN.
AND YOU’LL FIND THERE’S A UNIFIED SENSE OF JUST
THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
WELL, DAVID, YOU KNOW WHEN HE WORSHIPED, THE BIBLE SAID
HE DANCED BEFORE THE LORD. OH, HE JUST DANCED
BEFORE THE LORD. HE JUST DANCED BEFORE THE LORD.
AND YOU KNOW IT LITERALLY MEANS TWIRLED ABOUT WILDLY.
THAT’S WHAT THE BIBLE MEANS. IN OTHER WORDS,
IT WAS FREE WORSHIP. HE TWIRLED ABOUT WILDLY.
WOW. HE MARRIED A LADY CALLED MICHAL.
SHE WAS EMBARRASSED. SHE SAID, “WELL, HOW INGLORIOUS
WAS THE KING OF ISRAEL?” SHE’S ASKING, “IS THAT REALLY
THE WAY A KING BEHAVES? IS THAT IN KEEPING WITH YOUR
ROYAL STATUS FOR YOU TO DANCE AROUND WILDLY
BEFORE THE LORD LIKE THAT?” HOW INGLORIOUS.
YOU KNOW, WE GOTTA BELIEVE IF THERE’S RESTRICTION IN
OUR WORSHIP, THAT GOD CAN JUST CAUSE US TO ENTER IN
WITH A FREE SPIRIT. AND YOU KNOW GOD, HE DOESN’T–
HE DOESN’T MAKE YOU DO STUFF YOU DON’T WANT TO DO, BUT IF YOU
STILL FEEL AWKWARD LIFTING YOUR HANDS, JUST KEEP DOING IT
FOR A FEW TIMES ‘CAUSE AFTER A WHILE,
IT JUST SEEMS SO NATURAL AND SO REAL, YOU KNOW?
IT’S JUST EASY, IT’S NOT EVEN HARD.
BUT JUST BE OPEN TO THE FREEDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
AND IF YOU’RE RESTRICTED IN YOUR WORSHIP,
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THERE. MAYBE IT’S INSIDE
YOUR INNER BEING. YOU KNOW, THERE’S DUFF
IN YOUR DARKEST AREAS OF YOUR SOUL.
AND MAYBE THERE’S THIS STUFF, BONDAGE AND CERTAIN THINKING AND
MAYBE LITERALLY DEPENDENCIES OR ADDICTIONS OR JUST SOMEONE WHO
JUST STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT, BUT IT’S REAL.
YOU KNOW WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM.
THERE’S A SCRIPTURE IN PROVERBS 20, VERSE 27.
I LOVE THIS VERSE. IT SAYS, “THE SPIRIT OF A MAN
IS THE LAMP OF THE LORD.” IT SAYS THERE, “SEARCHING ALL
THE INNER DEPTHS OF HIS HEART.” BUT IT LITERALLY MEANS
SEARCHING ALL THE INNER ROOMS OF THE BELLY.
BUT YOU KNOW WHATEVER IS THE MOST LOCKED-AWAY AREA,
DEEP DOWN INSIDE OF YOUR BELLY, INSIDE YOUR SOUL, RIGHT
DEEP DOWN THERE IN THE HEART, YOU LET THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THERE
AND ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BRING FREEDOM IN THERE.
AND DON’T DISSATISFY WITH THINKING.
“WELL, I PRAYED AND I BELIEVED AND I JUST WON’T CHANGE
SO THIS IS JUST WHO I AM. AND THIS IS THE WAY IT IS.”
DON’T SETTLE FOR THAT. LET THE HOLY SPIRIT BRING
RELEASE AND DELIVERANCE AND FREEDOM IN JESUS’ NAME.
LET THE HOLY SPIRIT SHINE IN THERE.
MAYBE IT’S JUST RELATING AND COMMUNICATING
AND INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE. THERE’S RESTRICTION THERE.
IT COULD BE SHYNESS. I UNDERSTAND SHYNESS ‘CAUSE
BY NATURE, I’M A SHY PERSON. AND YOU KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT ALWAYS IS ACCOMPANIED WITH IS BOLDNESS.
WHEN PEOPLE WERE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT,
A HOLY BOLDNESS CAME UPON THEM. I NEED THE ANOINTING OF
THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN I SPEAK BECAUSE IF IT’S LEFT TO MYSELF,
I CAN GET INTIMIDATED. I CAN GET SHY, BUT I PRAISE GOD
FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO CAN GIVE ME A HOLY BOLDNESS
IN JESUS’ NAME. AND IN INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE,
JUST BEING YOU AND NOT, YOU KNOW, BEING A LOUD MOUTH,
UNCOUTH PERSON BUT JUST BEING YOU.
LET’S BELIEVE GOD FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT
TO BRING FREEDOM WHERE THERE’S INTIMIDATION BECAUSE
WHEN THEY REMOVED THAT VEIL, YOU KNOW, IN THE OLD TESTAMENT,
MOSES HAD TO DO IT HIMSELF AND SO THE WAY
HE MINISTERED TO PEOPLE, THERE WAS A VEIL INVOLVED.
BUT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WHEN WE MINISTER TO PEOPLE,
THE VEIL IS GONE. AND I THINK OF IT
A LITTLE LIKE THIS. YOU KNOW, ONE PERSON,
THEIR RELIGION MAY CAUSE THEM TO WEAR A VEIL, A BURKA,
AND IT’S THEIR TESTIMONY. IT’S TO THE FACT THAT THEY
FOLLOW ALLAH AND THAT THEY ARE RESERVED FOR THEIR HUSBAND AND
INSIDE THEIR FAITH OR RELIGION, THAT’S WHAT THE VEIL REPRESENTS,
THEIR TESTIMONY. AS A NEW TESTAMENT, NEW COVENANT
BELIEVER, IT’S MY OPEN-FACE ABILITY TO COME BOLDLY INTO
THE THRONE ROOM OF GRACE, THAT IS MY TESTIMONY.
IT IS THE FACT THAT THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST MEANS THAT
I CAN STAND NOT INTIMIDATED AND IT CHANGES THE WAY I RELATE
TO MINISTER TO PEOPLE. THANK GOD FOR THE FREEDOM
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT COMES ALL THE WAY INTO OUR
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN JESUS’ NAME.
MAYBE IN YOUR MARRIAGE, YOU KNOW, JUST THE ABILITY TO REALLY
LET GO AND LOVE AND BE LOVED. IT SOUNDS SO SIMPLE, BUT STUFF
IN PEOPLE’S BACKGROUNDS AND ENVIRONMENT AND EVEN CULTURAL
STUFF, IT CAN AFFECT ALL THAT. I JUST BELIEVE LET
THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THERE. WHEREVER THE SPIRIT OF
THE LORD IS, THERE’S FREEDOM SO IF THERE’S RESTRICTION THERE,
INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT. BELIEVE GOD TO BRING FREEDOM
IN JESUS’ NAME. MAYBE CREATIVITY,
FINANCIAL FREEDOM. DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT GOT
ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT? YOU SEE, MANY PEOPLE ARE
IN BONDAGE TO DEBT, BUT WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS,
THERE IS FREEDOM. WE’VE GOTTA BREATHE.
WE’VE GOTTA PRAY FOR GOD TO BREATHE ON OUR FINANCES.
WE GOTTA PRAY FOR GOD TO BREATHE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
THROUGH HONORING GOD AND PUTTING HIM FIRST.
HEAVEN OPENED, THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN OPENED.
GOD POUR OUT BLESSING THAT YOU CANNOT CONTAIN.
THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE REFLECTS IN OPEN HEAVEN,
LORD, LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL. SOMETIMES IF GOD WOULD JUST
BREATHE ON YOUR CREATIVITY, GIVE YOU ONE IDEA,
JUST ONE IDEA. THERE’S A PULPIT.
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT A PULPIT IS, THAT’S A PULPIT.
WELL, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS PULPIT.
YOU SEE, IT’S VERY ADAPTABLE. I CAN PICK IT UP ONE HAND.
I CAN MOVE IT. IT’S WELL BALANCED.
IT LOOKS GOOD. IT’S ESTHETICALLY NICE.
IT’S A GOOD PULPIT. OF COURSE NOT SO LONG AGO
PULPITS, USUALLY THEY WERE SO HUGE AND BIG,
THEY WEREN’T GOING ANYWHERE. THEY WERE GONNA BE THERE ‘TIL
JESUS COMES AGAIN AND PROBABLY WOULD BE WELL THERE AFTER THAT
AS WELL BECAUSE THEY WERE SO BIG AND SO–AND I MEAN, THE WORSHIP
TEAM WHO ARE HIGH MAINTENANCE, THEY NEED GUITARS AND LOOK
AT ALL THE STUFF THEY NEED. ALL I NEED, I’M LOW MAINTENANCE,
IS MY PULPIT AND I CAN JUST WALK ON AND OFF, YOU SEE?
LOW MAINTENANCE, US PASTORS. BUT, YOU KNOW, I MEAN,
IT WOULD GET IN THE WAY. I MEAN IT WAS AWKWARD,
PEOPLE TRYING TO LEAD WORSHIP AND THERE’S THIS THING
IN THE MIDDLE. SO I WAS TALKING ONE DAY,
WE WERE TALKING TO ONE OF THE BUSINESS PEOPLE
IN OUR CHURCH ABOUT WHAT WE WANTED IN OUR PULPIT
AND MAYBE A PERSPECTIVE TOP AND WHAT WE WOULD LIKE.
AND YOU THINK, “OH, SO WHAT? BIG DEAL.”
WELL, I’LL TELL YOU SO WHAT. THE HOLY SPIRIT…BREATHED ON IT
BECAUSE YOU’LL FIND THIS PULPIT, THIS EXACT PULPIT, THOUSANDS
OF THEM, ALL OVER THE WORLD AND THEY COME RIGHT FROM INSIDE THIS
CHURCH WHO’S ALL ABOUT LOOKING OKAY, BEING EASY TO USE,
BEING ABLE TO BE EASILY TAKEN ON AND OFF.
DO YOU KNOW NOW ALL OVER THE WORLD, CHURCHES–IT’S JUST
A SIMPLE LITTLE THING BUT… THE BREATH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
GOD GAVE SOMEONE AN IDEA. THAT IDEA HAS OPENED UP
A LITERALLY AN INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL–HA-HA!
EXPORTATION BUSINESS… ONE IDEA, ONE IDEA.
A HOLLYWOOD COUPLE, PRODUCER OF THE “SURVIVOR” AND SIX OTHER
RIGHT NOW NATIONAL MAINSTREAM TELEVISION SHOWS IN AMERICA,
85 NOMINATIONS, BUT THEY DECIDED THAT THEY WANTED TO PUT
THEIR CREATIVITY INTO CREATING A BIBLE SERIES.
AND DO YOU KNOW YOU CAN IMAGINE THOSE THINGS, THEY COME UP
AGAINST ALL SORTS OF RESTRICTION AND OPPOSITION, BUT
THE HOLY SPIRIT, BREATHED ON IT. ONE HUNDRED MILLION AMERICANS
WATCHED IT. NUMBER-ONE RATING SHOW
IN AMERICA, WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK,
AND IT DEFIED THE ODDS. SO IF GOD CAN DO IT FOR THEM,
WHY CAN’T GOD DO IT FOR YOU? YOU SEE, WE JUST GOTTA
BELIEVE FOR GOD TO BREATHE ON OUR MARRIAGES,
BREATHE ON OUR INTERACTION, BREATHE ON OUR RELATIONSHIP
WITH HIM, BREATHE IN OUR INNER PERSON.
LET HIM INTO THE INNER BELLY. AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU
AROUND ONE MORE THING, YOU AND I, WERE CALLED TO BE
FREEDOM DWELLERS. FREEDOM DWELLERS,
THEY DON’T JUST GO IN AND OUT OF THE SPIRIT, THEY
UNDERSTAND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT RESIDES WITHIN THEM.
THEY ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
AND SO AS FREEDOM DWELLERS, YOU LIVE IN THE SPIRIT.
YOU DWELL IN THE SPIRIT AND YOU WALK IN THE SPIRIT.
CAN I JUST SAY ONE WORD OF CAUTION?
THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING FREEDOM DWELLERS, LIVING
IN THE SPIRIT AND PRESUMING ON THE SPIRIT.
WHEN THE SPIRIT OF GOD SETS US FREE, THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS
HE FREES US TO. WE ARE FREE TO WORSHIP HIM
BOLDLY BEFORE A THRONE ROOM OF GRACE.
WE ARE FREE TO HONOR GOD AND– WE ARE FREE TO THE JOY
AND THE LIBERTY OF AN ALMIGHTY– AND WE ARE FREE FROM, YOU SEE?
THE SPIRIT OF LIFE TO SET US FREE FROM THE LORD OF THE SPIRIT
OF SIN AND DEATH. BUT IF YOU PRESUME
ON THE HOLY SPIRIT, THEN YOU WANT, ALL OF A SUDDEN,
FREEDOM TO MEAN THAT YOU ARE FREE TO DO THE THINGS
THAT GOD SET YOU FREE FROM. WHEREAS WE’RE TOLD WHERE
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY AND THROUGH WHAT THAT
REPRESENTS IN OUR LIFE, WE ARE CHANGING FROM GLORY TO GLORY
AND WE ARE CONSTANTLY BELIEVING FOR GOD TO BRING IN THE NEW.
SO DON’T PRESUME ON THE HOLY SPIRIT BY WANTING
TO BE FREE TO DO THE THINGS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT
HAS SET YOU FREE FROM, THAT JESUS, THROUGH THE CROSS
HAS SET YOU FREE FROM. WE ARE FREEDOM DWELLERS.
WE ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS IN OUR MISSION.
WE WILL FIGHT FOR THE SOULS OF PEOPLE, HUMANITY
ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE WILL FIGHT FOR
THE UNDERPRIVILEGED. WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY
AND ITS MARKS ON MUMBAI STREET KIDS.
WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND THE BONDAGE
THAT IT BRINGS PEOPLE IN BECAUSE WE ARE FREEDOM DWELLERS
AND WE ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS AND WE ARE FREEDOM GIVERS!
AMEN. FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED,
FREELY GIVE. WE ARE FREEDOM GIVERS THROUGH
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. WHEREVER THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
IS, THERE IS FREEDOM. WHEREVER THERE IS RESTRICTION,
YOU CAN INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT IN AND THE FREEING WORK OF
THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMEN, IN LINE WITH THE WORK THAT CHRIST
HAS DONE ON A CROSS AND THROUGH OUR RESURRECTION
MEANS FREEDOM IS OUR PORTION.>>WELL, WHAT ABOUT THAT IDEA OF
US BEING FREEDOM DWELLERS, FREEDOM FIGHTERS
AND FREEDOM GIVERS? WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT.
WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT AND THAT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL
AND POWERFUL OPPORTUNITY. IT MEANS THAT WE’RE NOT TRYING
TO JUST CLAW AND GRASP OUR WAY THROUGH LIFE’S VAGARIES
OURSELVES, BUT EVEN IN THE DARKNESS, THE SPIRIT OF GOD
WAS THERE WHEN THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM AND VOID
AND THERE WAS JUST DARKNESS, THERE THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS.
AND STILL TODAY, THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN INVADE AREAS OF YOUR LIFE
WHERE PERHAPS YOU’RE FACING DARK SEASONS, NIGHT SEASONS
AND YOU CAN FIND THE SPIRIT OF GOD THERE.
DAVID, HE FOUND THE SPIRIT OF GOD, WHETHER HE WENT TO THE TOP
OF THE MOUNTAIN OR THE OCEAN, WHETHER HE WENT TO THE HEAVENS
OR EVEN WHEN HE FELT LIKE HE WAS CLOSE TO HELL.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD WAS THERE AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THANK GOD
FOR HIS FREEING POWER. WE SHOULDN’T TRY TO LIMIT HIM,
BOX HIM, INHIBIT THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR LIVES.
WE SHOULD LIVE OUR LIVES UNGUARDED AND OPEN TO
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND IF WE LET HIM INVADE OUR LIVES,
EVEN SOMETIMES THE DEEPEST, DARKEST PARTS OF OUR INNER SOUL,
IT’S AMAZING THE FREEDOM THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN BRING.
>>SCHOOL WAS QUITE A CONFUSING TIME FOR ME.
I REALLY STRUGGLED WITH MY IDENTITY.
I WAS BULLIED PROBABLY FROM THE MOMENT THAT I WALKED
INTO SCHOOL UNTIL PRETTY MUCH THE MOMENT I LEFT.
THERE WAS JUST TIMES WHERE PEOPLE WOULD BE LAUGHING AT
ME AND MOCKING ME FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN AND, YOU KNOW,
STANDING UP FOR CHRIST. AND THE TIMES WHERE I, YOU KNOW,
TRIED TO FIT IN WITH THEM AND GO TO THE SAME PARTIES AND
HANG OUT, SPORTS THAT THEY DID, I WOULD GET MOCKED AND LAUGHED
AT FOR BEING A HYPOCRITE. AND, YOU KNOW, THIS WAS
JUST SUCH A CONFUSING THING FOR ME BECAUSE, YOU KNOW,
I HAD THE UNDERSTANDING THAT CHRIST VALUED ME BUT
I KNEW THAT OTHER PEOPLE DIDN’T. WHEN I WAS AROUND 18 OR 19,
I REMEMBER MAKING A DECISION TO LET GO OF SOME THINGS IN MY LIFE
THAT HAD REALLY BEEN HOLDING ME BACK AND TO REALLY TRUST GOD,
AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD WAS ACTUALLY WHAT WAS GONNA FREE ME
FROM MY INSECURITIES. AND I REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, CRYING
OUT TO GOD THAT DAY AND SAYING, “GOD, HELP ME TO, YOU KNOW,
NOT LOOK BACK.” THE TIMES THAT I HAD PRAYED IN
MY SCHOOL ROOM AS A YOUNG GIRL, THOSE WERE THE TIMES
THAT GOD HAD REALLY SHAPED ME AND STRENGTHENED ME
AND FILLED ME WITH HIS SPIRIT. AND I NOW HAD TO MAKE THE CHOICE
TO CENTER INTO THE FREEDOM THAT HE’D ALREADY GIVEN ME
WHEN I SAID YES TO CHRIST. EVER SINCE I MADE THAT DECISION,
I HAVE HAD WONDERFUL DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY OPEN UP FOR ME TO
ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES, AND I REALLY
FELT THAT WAS CALL THAT WAS UPON MY LIFE WAS TO ACTUALLY
SET THE CAPTIVES FREE. AND IT’S CRAZY TO THINK THAT
I WAS ACTUALLY ONCE CAPTIVE, BUT CHRIST SET ME FREE.
NOW I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO INTO HIGH SCHOOLS
AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS EVERY WEEK AND TO ENCOURAGE KIDS THAT
THEY ACTUALLY HAVE STRENGTH AND DIGNITY AND VALUE.
I THINK IT’S AMAZING THAT, YOU KNOW, EVERY SINGLE DAY, I’M
INTERACTING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ON A JOURNEY THAT WAS VERY SIMILAR
TO THE ONE THAT I WALKED. I GET TO SPEAK A MESSAGE OF
FREEDOM THAT IS JUST SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL BECAUSE
I HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH.
∫ WHO THE SON HAS FREED ∫ ∫ HE IS FREE INDEED ∫
∫ ALL OUR SIN IS GONE ∫ ∫ WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED ∫
∫ JESUS PAID IT ALL ∫ ∫ JESUS PAID IT ALL ∫
∫ WHERE THE SPIRIT ∫ ∫ OF THE LORD IS ∫
∫ THERE IS FREEDOM ∫ ∫ WHERE THE SPIRIT ∫
∫ OF THE LORD IS ∫ ∫ CHAINS ARE BROKEN ∫
∫ EYES ARE OPEN ∫ ∫ CHRIST IS WITH US ∫
∫ CHRIST IS WITH US ∫ ∫ WHERE THE SPIRIT ∫
∫ WHERE THE SPIRIT ∫ ∫ OF THE LORD IS ∫
∫ THERE IS FREEDOM ∫ ∫ WHERE THE SPIRIT ∫
∫ OF THE LORD IS ∫ ∫ CHAINS ARE BROKEN ∫
∫ EYES ARE OPEN ∫ ∫ CHRIST IS WITH US ∫
∫ CHRIST IS WITH US ∫ ∫ OPEN WIDE ∫
∫ THE GATES OF HEAVEN ∫ ∫ FILL OUR HEARTS ∫
∫ AS WE SURRENDER ∫ ∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫
∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫ ∫ OPEN WIDE ∫
∫ THE GATES OF HEAVEN ∫ ∫ WE WILL WORSHIP YOU FOREVER ∫
∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫ ∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫
∫ OPEN WIDE ∫ ∫ THE GATES OF HEAVEN ∫
∫ FILL OUR HEARTS ∫ ∫ AS WE SURRENDER ∫
∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫ ∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫
∫ OPEN WIDE ∫ ∫ THE GATES OF HEAVEN ∫
∫ WE WILL WORSHIP YOU FOREVER ∫ ∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫
∫ LORD LET YOUR PRESENCE FALL ∫ ∫ WHERE THE SPIRIT ∫
∫ OF THE LORD IS ∫ ∫ THERE IS FREEDOM ∫∫
>>IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE A STORY NOT OF GLORY
BECOMING RUIN BUT OF FORMER GLORIES THAT WERE RUINED
BECOMING SOMETHING EVEN MORE GLORIOUS, DON’T UNDERESTIMATE
THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR OWN WALK WITH JESUS AND KEEP THAT
AS A DYNAMIC ON WHICH YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR LIFE, BELIEVING
TO SEE RUINS COME TO LIFE. ∫ LET THE RUINS COME TO LIFE ∫
∫ IN THE BEAUTY OF YOUR NAME ∫ ∫ RISING UP FROM THE ASHES ∫
∫ GOD FOREVER YOU REIGN ∫∫>>WE ARE PART OF A GLORIOUS
BEGINNING AND END. THERE IS A GLORIOUS JOURNEY
BETWEEN THESE TWO BOOKENDS OF TIME AND THEN THERE IS
A GLORIOUS COMPLETION TOWARDS WHICH WE ARE ALL WALKING.
∫ HALLELUJAH ∫ ∫ GOD BE PRAISED ∫
∫ HE’S RISEN FROM THE GRAVE ∫∫>>ANNOUNCER: FOR ALMOST
30 YEARS, THE MANDATE OF HILLSONG CONFERENCE
HAS REMAINED THE SAME: TO CHAMPION THE CAUSE
OF LOCAL CHURCHES EVERYWHERE. WHETHER THAT’S
A SMALL COUNTRY CHURCH OR A BIG CITY CONGREGATION.
HILLSONG CONFERENCE IS FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES, RESOURCING
AND EMPOWERING CHURCH LEADERS, VOLUNTEERS, AND ANYONE
WHO WANTS TO GROW AND BE ALL THAT GOD HAS CALLED THEM TO BE.
JOIN US AS WE EXPERIENCE POWERFUL WORSHIP THAT TOUCHES
HEAVEN AND CHANGES EARTH, PLUS, PRACTICAL BIBLE-BASED TEACHING.
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO LEAN IN, RECEIVE AND TAKE HOME PRACTICAL
MESSAGES YOU CAN OUTWORK IN YOUR OWN CHURCH HOME,
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. THIS WILL BE
MORE THAN A CONFERENCE. IT WILL BE DESTINY-DEFINING
FOR MANY AMERICAN BELIEVERS SO MAKE YOUR PLANS TO BE THERE
AND JOIN US IN NEW YORK OR L.A. REGISTER TODAY
AT HILLSONGCONFERENCE.COM OR CALL NOW ON…
>>WELL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.
ONE THING I CAN TELL YOU IS I READ ALL MY REPLIES OR MENTIONS
ON TWITTER AND YOU’RE WELCOME TO TALK TO ME VIA TWITTER.
AND A LITTLE BIT OF ENCOURAGEMENT GOES A LONG WAY.
GOD BLESS YA. I PRAY YOU HAVE A GREAT WEEK
AHEAD AND DON’T FORGET, THE BEST IS YET TO COME.

Jean Kelley

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