Restoring The Glory – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 07.21.2019

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In this generation is may appear that someone, a powerful enemy, has taken away the glory and presence of the Lord from our midst. If our adversary can take away the glory of God, the power of God, and the presence of God, then we will be rendered inert. What are we worshiping in this generation? What are we glorifying? Is the Lord getting the glory in our time, or is it being given to idols that might even be invisible to us? Are the good things of this life taking the place of the holiness of God? When our eyes are not fully on the Lord and our desires not fully with Him, then weakness and vulnerability will enter our camp. Brothers and sisters, let us lay down everything that encumbers us from the glory of God: even if it be the church itself. The glory of God will not be given to another. He is altogether worthy!

Now his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’ wife, was with child, due to be delivered; and when she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and gave birth, for her labor pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, “Do not fear, for you have borne a son.” But she did not answer, nor did she regard it. Then she named the child Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel!” because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”

1 Samuel 4:19-22

The Mission Of God – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 08.19.2018

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We are on a mission from God and for God! The general mission is the great commission, the declaration of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all peoples and nations, but God’s mission for each one of us is also specific and personal. All glory goes to Jesus in every circumstance, and in order to reach this generation he has brought us into we must first draw near to God. In the presence of the Lord we are undone, and in that state we can be transformed by God. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit in this hour. Nothing short of the transforming supernatural power will touch the people around us. God’s glory is our motivation, and His mission is our prime directive. Are you pressing in to Jesus? Is the glory of God being revealed in your life? Do you know your mission for Christ? Now is the time!

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.

So I said:

“Woe is me, for I am [a]undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”

Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Isaiah 6:1-8

Standing In The Gap – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 07.01.2018

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In our generation God is looking for intercessors who are willing to pursue after righteousness and to stand in the gap. In order to intercede, we must be made ready to pray and to encounter the Lord. Who will stand in the gap? What happens when the enemy comes in like a flood? Jesus interceded for us on the cross and continues to be our high priest at the right hand of the Father. Have you been called? Are we being obedient? We can’t pray and intercede unless we draw near to God. Do you have an expectation that you will encounter God on a regular basis, that you will walk with Him, and that He will speak with you? Who will kneel before the Lord? Who will stand in the gap? Who will submit themselves to His will so that souls would be saved in this hour? What will you do?

Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way. And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.” And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”

Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack of five?”

So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it.

And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”

And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.

Genesis 18:16-33

Abide In Christ – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 03.18.2018

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Christians, are we truly abiding in Christ as Jesus instructed us? Have we walked with Him and believed in Him yet fail at the last to fully surrender? Are we satisfied with a partial portion of God? Why do we so easily neglect our Lord if we know that He is the source of our strength and our resources? Are we content to refuse to bear fruit while those around us do now know God? Which areas of our lives do we know to be from ourselves and not from God?

Our faith and strength is in Jesus. Now is the time to believe in Him. Now is the time to take Him as His word. Now is the time to abide in Him, not simply for our own sake but so we can receive the grace that we need to shine the light of Christ to a world fraught with confusion, strife, and suffering.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

John 15:1-8

Pursue Goodness – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 01.07.2018

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Brothers and sisters in Christ, let this be a year of drawing closer to God and pursuing goodness with all our might! God is good, and His goodness will overwhelm and overshadow you should you seek it earnestly. Let us stand up, put sin aside, and obey the Word of God that we would be empowered to pour ourselves out for the sake of others.

So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”

And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”

Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Exodus 33:17-19

Behold The Man – Pastor Gary Ham – Times Square Church – 08.06.2017

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Brothers and sisters, we must fix our eyes on Jesus. Behold the man! He is our example, our Lord, our Savior, our King, and our friend. He is our high priest who is touched by our infirmities. He is the author and finisher of our faith. When Jesus is our reference point, we will be strengthened with the faith necessary to reach this generation. Jesus must be our continual focus in these trying times!

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.

The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

John 19:1-7