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Introduction: What is God’s way of acceleration?

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MAIN IDEA

The way to see God bring about His acceleration in your life is not by striving to achieve/earn it but by resting in Jesus' finished work.

key scriptures

Rom. 12:2, 1 Cor. 2:12, Isa. 48:17, ​​Prov. 3:17

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • In this year of Rest and Acceleration, expect the things you have asked God for based on Scripture to come to pass in an accelerated way.
  • Don’t adopt the world’s way of thinking (Rom. 12:2), which says you always need to lookout for yourself and act fast for the fear of lost opportunities.
  • This year, you will not need to do more in order to see acceleration. Simply go about your daily life and tasks while remaining restful on the inside—resting in the fact that God’s blessings have been freely given to you (1 Cor. 2:12) because they were purchased at the high price of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
  • Listen to the Spirit of God leading you daily, teaching you how to profit (Isa. 48:17). His ways are restful. They are are ways of pleasantness and peace (Prov. 3:17).
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First things first: Make Jesus your central focus

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MAIN IDEA

When you make Jesus the central focus of your life, you will effortlessly flow in God’s ways and see supernatural results.

key scriptures

Luke 24, Col. 3:22, 24, Amos 9:11

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • In this year of Rest and Acceleration, God is restoring the Tabernacle of David. The Tabernacle of David places a strong focus on the ark of the covenant—a picture of Jesus Christ. This year, God is helping us see the importance of having Jesus at the center of our lives.
  • Lessons from the story of the Road to Emmaus: when we see Jesus as the means to an end (i.e. when we see Him as the means to getting a certain blessing or breakthrough we want) instead of giving Him center place in our hearts, we end up discouraged. The cure for discouragement is to see Jesus again and remember that He is to be given center place in your life.
  • Our eyes are to be on Jesus in all we do, e.g. in your career, even as you go about your work diligently, have your eyes on the Lord, knowing that it is from Him that you receive your reward (Col. 3:22, 24).
  • The Lord wants to bless you in all things—not just in your career but also when it comes to provision, healing, family well-being, relationships, etc. These blessings flow when you look to Jesus and put Him at the center of your heart.
  • Let your heart find rest in the person of Jesus—see Him in the Scriptures, meditate on His finished work, and enjoy His love for you. When you rest well, you will work well and accelerate well.
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What true worship really looks like

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MAIN IDEA

This year, come to God freely to worship Him and enjoy His presence. You can come to the Lord boldly with thanksgiving knowing that all your sins have been put away by the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

key scriptures

Heb. 10:19

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • In the Tabernacle of David, all God's people could come freely before the ark to worship Him. The main characteristic of the Tabernacle of David is unrestricted praise and worship—dancing, singing, and the playing of instruments.
  • When God restores the Tabernacle of David in our lives, He is restoring our sense of freedom in coming to His throne of grace. He is restoring our revelation and appreciation of Jesus’ blood that has washed away our sins. It out of this revelation that true thanksgiving and worship is born.
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Expect an acceleration of restoration this year

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MAIN IDEA

God is bringing about an acceleration of His restoration in your life this year. God’s restoration always exceeds the original in quantity and/or quality.

key scriptures

Amos 9:13, Joel 3:18

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  • God is repairing the breaches (broken parts) in the Tabernacle of David and in your life. When God restores, His restoration is always greater than the original in quality and/or quantity. When God restores your marriage, it turns from bland water into intoxicating wine.
  • Key points from Amos 9:13 (key verse for the theme of Rest and Acceleration): God is bringing about an abundance and an acceleration of harvest (God’s blessings). Expect the good things you have lost or been waiting for to come to pass with abundance and acceleration this year! The Message paraphrase: Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings!”
  • This year, we will see the Lord bring speedy restoration to people who have been suffering different kinds of oppression—whether it is physical (e.g. sicknesses, pains) or mental/emotional (e.g. depression).
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Pray! You have influence with God!

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MAIN IDEA

While we (believers) have received a prophetic word proclaiming God’s accelerated blessings in our lives this year, we will still see the world getting darker and darker as we are living in the end times. Use your influence with God to pray for the nations of the world.

key scriptures

Matt. 24:6, Luke 21:11, John 10:10

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • This year’s theme of Rest and Acceleration is not for the world but for God’s people. In the world, we will see things get darker and darker because we are living in the last days before Jesus returns. When you see the world getting darker, don’t be troubled (Matt. 24:6). You can still trust the Lord to see the blessings of the Tabernacle of David (in Amos 9) unfold in your life.
  • At the same time, let’s pray for the world because we have influence with God. When we pray, God moves. Let’s pray against the earthquakes and pestilences that come as signs of the end times (Luke 21:11). Let’s pray that these things will not destroy the nations. 
  • When we pray for the people of the world, we are praying according to God’s will. God is not the one who sends these disasters. It is the enemy, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10a). Jesus does the opposite—He comes to give life and restore; He comes that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10b).
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Have hope! There's a purpose in the shaking

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In the last few years, we have seen a great humbling of the pride of man. The pandemic has shown how shakable man’s own strength, wisdom, and abilities are. Build your life on God’s grace and you will be unshakable in times of shaking.

key scriptures

Heb. 12:18, 21–22, 10:1–2

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  • The Bible speaks of two figurative mountains on which we can build our lives—Mount Sinai and Mount Zion. Mount Sinai speaks of the old covenant of the law, while Mount Zion speaks of the new covenant of grace (Heb. 12:18, 21–22). The Tabernacle of David was brought to Jerusalem, also known as Zion. When God restores the Tabernacle of David this year, He is restoring us to the revelation of His grace.
  • To build your life on Mount Zion is to live depending on God’s grace—His supply—for every area of your life. You can depend on the Lord to supply you with all you need because Jesus has given you right standing with God. Conversely, to live on Mount Sinai is to depend on your own strength, intellect, resources, and wealth to make it in life or to deserve God’s blessings.
  • When you live on Mount Zion, the mountain of grace, you can't be shaken. When you live on Mount Sinai, the mountain of the law, you will find that you are on shaky ground.
  • Living on Mount Zion produces holiness in your life. True holiness can only come when you are on the foundation of the perfect work of Jesus, where all your sins are forgiven. The way we deal with sinful habits or the stirring of the flesh today is by reckoning ourselves dead to sin—that means knowing that the temptation you feel is but a remnant of what is already dead and defeated. Ignore the voice of the flesh and continue to focus on Jesus. His finished work has made you righteous. The more you focus on that, the more your habits will come in line with your belief, and the more you will reign over sin in a practical way.
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How to win in your emotions and family relationships

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Overcome negative emotions and negative traits you see in yourself as you keep judging yourself righteous in Christ. Focus on the perfect, finished work of Jesus. As you keep your eyes on Jesus, your actions will come in line with God’s ways, and you will see blessings come upon you and your household.

key scriptures

Heb. 10:1–2, Eph. 5:22–25, 6:1

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • True holiness comes from a foundation of rest in the finished work of Jesus. 
  • Our state (our behavior) always fluctuates, but our standing (our position before God) never changes. We are always in Christ—righteous, blameless, and holy in God’s eyes.
  • The devil wants you to judge your standing by your state (e.g. when you are having a bad day or when you’ve succumbed to a bad habit, you decide you can’t hope for a good future because you have disappointed God). But God wants you to judge your state (your action) by your standing (who you are in Christ, which never changes) (Heb. 10:1–2). For example, when you feel rising negative emotions toward someone, identify yourself as the righteousness of God in Christ. When you rest in your unchanging position in Christ, you are free to judge your behavior without fear of condemnation. Then your actions will start to come in line with your position as the righteousness of God in Christ.
  • Keep your eyes on Jesus. When it comes to family relationships, give Jesus His rightful place at the center, and everything else will start falling into place. Husbands and wives, children and parents, can only have healthy relationships with each other when their eyes are on Jesus. Husbands are to love their wives “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Eph. 5:25). Wives are to submit to their husbands “as to the Lord” (Eph. 5:22). Children are also to obey their parents “in the Lord” (Eph. 6:1).
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When your burdens feel too heavy to bear, do this

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Carry the name of Jesus in every area of your life, and He will carry you. God has ordained for you to lift up Jesus’ name, and He has made it restful, easy, and light. He is the One who carries your heavy burdens.

key scriptures

1 Chron. 15:15, Isa. 53:4, 1 Chron. 15:12–13, 1 Chron. 15:25–26, Matt. 11:28–30

KEY TAKEAWAYS
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  • During the 40 years that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness before stepping into the promised land, the ark was carried on the shoulders of the priests. Today, we are the priests (Rev. 5:10) who are meant to carry the ark—a picture of lifting the name of Jesus on high. Our role is to exhort Jesus Christ, exalt Him, lift Him up in everything we do.
  • Compare 1 Chronicles 15:15 (“the Levites bare (‘nasa’) the ark of God upon their shoulders”) and Isaiah 53:4 (“our sicknesses that He Himself bore (‘nasa’)”): The same Hebrew word for bare/bore, “nasa,” is used in these two verses to describe the Levites bearing the ark and our Lord Jesus bearing our sicknesses at the cross.
  • Pastor Prince shares that as he was preparing this message and came to this part, the Lord told him, “If you will bear My Son, He will bear your sickness. If you exalt My Son, He will carry your sickness away. If you carry the load of My Son, He will carry your pains away.”
  • Let everything you do be for the purpose of exalting Jesus Christ. Pray that Jesus may be glorified in your life. When it comes to your children, pray for them that they may glorify Jesus in all they do. For parents: true success is not your children acing their studies, but that they truly know the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • God’s proper order is this: that we exalt His Son (1 Chron. 15:12–13). When we exalt His Son, everything in our lives falls into alignment. Acceleration happens. Blessings flow freely.
  • Lessons from the journey of the Levites (the priests) as they carried the ark: exalting Jesus is not meant to be difficult. The load that Jesus carried on the cross was a heavy one, but the load we get to carry today when we lift Him up—that load is light. As the Levites carried the ark, God helped them (1 Chron. 15:25–26). As you carry Jesus’ name today, He will carry you.
  • God’s ways are easy and light, not stressful and burdensome (Matt. 11:28–30). If your assignment / the things you have set out to do are truly from Jesus, they will be easy and light. There is diligence involved, but you should not be stressed out and feeling out the work is grating against you. Even if you are carrying something for the sake of ministry, if it feels heavy and burdensome, then it is not from God. His yoke is easy. His burden for you to carry is light. He is the One who took the heavy burden of your pains (Isa. 53:4).
  • We are in the journey of bringing the ark back to the center of God’s people, and God is repairing the breaches (broken parts). Not just in the Tabernacle of David, but in your life. This year, expect to see great restoration, an over-abundance of supply, an acceleration of the harvest of God’s blessings (Amos 9:11–13).

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