Stages I Stages I “Wake up and see the destruction” Joe 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Joel, the son of Pethuel: Joe 1:2 Hear this, you elders; give ear, all inhabitants of the land! Has such a thing happened in your days, or in the days of your fathers? Joe 1:3 Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. Joe 1:4 What the cutting locust left, the swarming locust has eaten. What the swarming locust left, the hopping locust has eaten, and what the hopping locust left, the destroying locust has eaten. Joe 1:5* Awake, you drunkards, and weep, and wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine, for it is cut off from your mouth.* _-Wake up it is done_ We have a tendency to no see our lives for what it really is. *Ask these questions:* Is this what I planned? Is this who I wanted to be? What would I change? Joe 1:6 For a nation has come up against my land, powerful and beyond number; its teeth are lions' teeth, and it has the fangs of a lioness. Joe 1:7 *It has laid waste my vine and splintered my fig tree; it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down; their branches are made white.* Joe 1:8 Lament like a virgin wearing sackcloth for the bridegroom of her youth. _Sin came in and took what God had done in their lives_ God has a plan for you. He gives us all the instruction we need to execute this plan. Example (Reaction in sin or in love)- Life is constantly inundated with forks in the path. Every decision we make determines the path we take Joe 1:9 *The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off from the house of the LORD.* The priests mourn, the ministers of the LORD. Joe 1:10 The fields are destroyed, the ground mourns, because the grain is destroyed, the wine dries up, the oil languishes. Joe 1:11 Be ashamed, O tillers of the soil; wail, O vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field has perished. Joe 1:12 The vine dries up; the fig tree languishes. Pomegranate, palm, and apple, all the trees of the field are dried up, and* gladness dries up *from the children of man. _- Worship and Joy cease to exist_ Our demeanor as a whole is produced by the path we take. Bitterness, cynicism, laziness, addiction. The further we go down a path the it becomes our identity to us and others. Our outlook on life will directly effect our outlook on God. We can no longer effectively worship Joe 1:13 Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests; wail, O ministers of the altar. Go in, pass the night in sackcloth, O ministers of my God! Because grain offering and drink offering are withheld from the house of your God. Joe 1:14 *Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.* Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is near, and as destruction from the Almighty it comes. _-If you want God back into your life you must recognize He is gone_ This passage is God telling His people to look around and see the need for repentance. Has destruction become normal in your life? Have the destructive distractions in your life got you so busy with things of the now you stop looking at things of the future? Did you once have plans for your life? Did you see yourself as a follower of Christ? What happened? Wake up.
Stages I - "Wake Up and see the Destruction"
August 18, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Stages V - "Restoration"
September 15, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Stages V: The Restoration Joe 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Joe 2:29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. *The overwhelming Presence of God* *The pouring out of His Spirit* Joe 2:30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the LORD has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the LORD calls. Joe 3:1 “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, *Full restoration of grace and wholeness* *Judah’s fortune was found in their contentment with God’s love* Then- He steps in front of us Joe 3:2 I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, Joe 3:3 and have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it. Joe 3:4 “What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, and all the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back, I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. Joe 3:5 For you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples. Joe 3:6 You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border. Joe 3:7 Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your payment on your own head. Joe 3:8 I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the LORD has spoken.” Joe 3:9 Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Joe 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” Joe 3:11 Hasten and come, all you surrounding nations, and gather yourselves there. Bring down your warriors, O LORD. Joe 3:12 Let the nations stir themselves up and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Joe 3:13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow, for their evil is great. Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. Joe 3:15 The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining. Joe 3:16 The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the people of Israel. Joe 3:17 “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God, who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain. And Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall never again pass through it. *Oh what a Savior!!!!* Joe 3:18 “And in that day the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the streambeds of Judah shall flow with water; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD and water the Valley of Shittim. LIFE Group Questions: 1. Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt the overwhelming presence of God? What was that like? 2. How does materialism affect our view of God’s restoration in our lives? 3. How does it change the way you view life knowing God’s protection and provision is or isn’t there? 4. If the Lord is saying He will protect us, why do we fear when the world quakes around us?
Stages IV - "Redeeming Love"
09/08/19 • September 8, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Stages IV “Redeeming Love” Intro: Recap Stages III Joe 2:18 Then the LORD became jealous for his land and *had pity *on his people. * After the action was taken, the Lord fulfilled His faithfulness to His people * Action is takin by the Lord to move us, once we have moved His presence renters the picture Joe 2:19 The LORD answered and said to his people, “Behold, I am sending to you grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied; and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations. Joe 2:20 “I will remove the northerner far from you, and drive him into a parched and desolate land, his vanguard into the eastern sea, and his rear guard into the western sea; the stench and foul smell of him will rise, for he has done great things. * passive wrath is a real thing Joe 2:21 “*Fear not*, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the LORD has done great things! Joe 2:22 *Fear not*, you beasts of the field, for the pastures of the wilderness are green; the tree bears its fruit; the fig tree and vine give their full yield. Joe 2:23 “Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God,* for he has given* the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before. * fear of the future based on the past is a lack of faith * New direction creates new destination. Joe 2:24 “The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. Joe 2:25* I will* restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which *I sent* among you. * God’s restoration is as certain as His wrath * There is a formula. Joe 2:26 “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, who has *dealt wondrously with you*. And my people shall never again be put to shame. * Your past brings you to your future. How you respond to your past determines that future. Joe 2:27 You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame. * Glory to God in your life is the ultimate goal * Who are you glorifying on a daily basis? * Are the locust coming or is restoration? _*Life Group Questions:*_ 1. *Why do you think God’s presence is hindered when we sin and how does it affect us?* 2. *Have you ever experienced passive wrath? Explain* 3. *Explain your version or definition of this statement “Direction determines destination”.* 4. *Why is it we expect restoration from God but act as if we dont expect His wrath?* 5. *Give some examples of ways people respond to the past in negative ways? Positive ways?* 6. *Based on reflection of your life, which one applies more? Locust or restoration? Why?*
Stages III - "Start Moving"
09/01/19 • September 1, 2019 • Paul Barnard
Stages III “Start Moving” Joe 2:12 “Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; Joe 2:13 *and rend your hearts and not your garments*.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. *_Don’t be surface level_* * Too many times we have this ritual understanding of approaching God with guilt. Similar to a child * God uses broken people. * The overwhelming nature of our treason against a loving father should break us. * We placed our hands on the cross and it killed Jesus Joe 2:14 Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God? *_Don't second guess_* * Between the altar and the door is a critical time * We are all about hitting action until we til it hits back * We want to do whats right but on our own terms. Satan uses this Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion; consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly; Joe 2:16 gather the people. Consecrate the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, *even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.* *_Don't wait_* * God’s desires the true test of our remorse through urgency. * Pride stops us from moving forward. Fear stops us from moving forward. * Fiery darts are thrown at us * Eph 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; Joe 2:17 Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare *your people*, O LORD, and make not *your heritage* a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” * _Know your God_* * Joe 2:13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. *Life Group Questions:* 1. What are some “surface level” repentence actions that many people attempt? 2. What are some things that we can expect after we choose to move toward God that Satan will throw at us? 3. Why do these things that Satan throws at us seem to hinder us from making a move? 4. Why does procrastination of repentance happen so often in our lives? What excuses so we give? 5. What actions that we take in our life that shows that we do not understand God and His grace? 6. Do you struggle with the grace and moercy of God? 7. Contemplate and (share if willing) something you struggle with that you need to make a move on.