Title: Holy Trouble Makers

The Ecosystem Of Change;                      

Show up-Speak up-Stand up! 

Fire Precedes Favor! 

I Kings 18 NLT 

*1 The fire on my altar will never go out!

23 Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. 

24 Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed.

In 1 Kings 18:38 God sends the fire. 

In 1 Kings 18:45 God sends the rain.

Fire always comes before the rain.

The same God that sends fire is the same God that sends rain.

Fire and favor.Our God is the God of favor. Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

Our God is likewise the God of fire. God is a consuming fire.Hebrews 12:29 
God is a consuming fire! God consumes, we produce. We cannot produce until God consumes.
Yes it is equally important to understand the order. From Genesis to Revelation, the fire of God goes before the favor of God. 
The fire of God precedes the favor of God.The fire of God goes before the favor of God. You must go through the fire before you experience favor. You must be consumed by the fire of God before you are filled with the favor of God.The fire on the altar must precede the favor upon your life. There must be a heart on fire before a life with favor. 
The reason this makes people uncomfortable and the reason certain preachers do not want to touch the subject is because they have a skewed understanding. 
The fire of God does not kill you.The fire of God saves you.
The fire of God does not bring you down. The fire of God lifts you up. 
The fire of God sanctifies you. The fire of God purifies you. The fire of God removes the toxins from your life.
John the Baptist said I baptize you with water for repentance but he who comes after me whose sandals I am not worthy of tying, He will baptize you with in the Holy Spirit and with fire. Matthew 3:11
I’m here to encourage you today to say “yes”to the fire. Welcome the fire of God. Be open to the fire of God. Pray for the fire of God.Prophesy the fire of God! 
What California needs is a Church on fire. What America is in desperate need of is a Church set on Holy Ghost fire.
Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out. Leviticus 6:12

I know we’re living under grace and not under the law. I’m fully cognizant of the fact that we are not bound to the law we are set free by the grace of God. Nevertheless we still have altars. In 2021, 2022 there are still altars! Let me show you your altar. (Point to the heart, family altar, church altar)And the fire on these alters must never go out! 
By faith in the name of Jesus I prayerfully declare that in 2022 the fire of your altar will never go out. 
I am here to announce that in 2022 we are about to see a bunch of Christ centered, Bible-based, Spirit empowered, light shining, devil rebuking, demon binding, sickness healing, atmosphere shifting, holy healed healthy happy humble hungry honoring truth telling, compassionate, grace driven, holy troublemakers with their hearts on fire for God!
If that is you…..Pray like it as you. Praise like it is you. Shout like it is you. Worship like it is you. Give like it is you. Serve like it is you. Believe Iike it is you. Think like it is you. Love like it is you. Forgive like it is you.Live like it is you! 

*2 It’s my turn now!

25 Then Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “You go first, for there are many of you. Choose one of the bulls, and prepare it and call on the name of your god. But do not set fire to the wood.”

You may have gone first but I will go last. 

God saves the best for last! John 2:9

“But you have kept the best until now!”

Not only does God have the last word, He is the last word! 

He is the alpha and omega! Revelation 22:13

The author and consumer of our faith.  Hebrews 12:2

The enemy may have gone first but now it’s your turn. And it’s not just you it is God in you God with you and for you. 

It is the you that died with Christ on the cross and resurrected with him on the third day. 

It is the anointed you and the appointed you. 

It is the new you not the old you. 

It’s your turn! 2022, it’s your turn!

I’m here to tell you that God saw everything. 

He saw everything the enemy did against you. 

God saw the hell you went through. 

God saw the pain you experienced. 

God saw everything darkness unleashed to break you. 

God is fully aware of every attempt from the enemies camp to steal your joy, peace, destiny, purpose, calling, family, health, finances. 

God saw everything. 

And now, God is speaking to you through his word telling you it’s your turn now!

Here’s the word for you and this critical season;

God will restore everything that was lost, stolen or broken. Joel 2:25 

God will make the enemy pay for everything he’s done in your life. 1 Corinthians 15:57

(Annie Randall Testimony)

*3 I am getting my shout and dance back and no more religious mutilation! 

Relational Worship not Religious mutilation! 

26 So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning until noontime, shouting, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no reply of any kind. Then they danced, hobbling around the altar they had made.

27 About noontime Elijah began mocking them. “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is daydreaming, or is relieving himself.[b] Or maybe he is away on a trip, or is asleep and needs to be wakened!”

28 So they shouted louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out. 

29 They raved all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no sound, no reply, no response.

They shouted, 

They danced,

They hobbled or wobbled 

They cut themselves 

And this is the result;

No Sound 

No reply 

No response

The world shouts

The world dances 

The world has services and spiritual experiences

And 

NOTHING!

But when God’s people shout

I said when God’s people shout; 

Walls come down! Joshua 6:20

Our enemies defeat each other! Judges 7:20

Miracles take place! Mark 10:52

When we dance, 

We dance because the glory is coming! 

2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.[a

15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lordwith shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

When we dance, 

We dance because he changes mourning into dancing. 

Psalm 30:11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,

I’m here to tell you it’s time for the church to get her shout back. 

I’m here to tell you which time for the church to get her dance back. 

We have permitted the followers of Ahab and Baal to dance more than we dance, to shout more than we shout. 

Yet here it is;

They cut themselves.

We don’t have to.

They shed blood.

We don’t have to!

2,000 years ago, on the cross, blood was shed, love was cut, grace poured out, so you and I do not to cut ourselves to get God’s attention. 


Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. Hebrews 9:14

Stop!

Stop cutting yourself!

Stop trying to do what only God can do!

Stop trying to save yourself!

Even in church we have believers in essence cutting themselves! 

Spiritual and emotional mutilation….

No! 

He shed his blood so we won’t have to.

He shed his blood because only his blood is perfect. 

He shed his blood because …….

In 2022 you will live in the finished work of Christ! 

Samuel Rodriguez New Season-Lead PastorNHCLC President/CEOAuthor “Persevere With Power; What Heaven Starts, Hell Cannot Stop!”Exec. Producer “Breakthrough” and “Flamin Hot” Movies