I need A Do Over Sermon 1/4/20

I Need A Do Over

Fresh Start

Synopsis of Sermon January 4, 2020

Delivered by 10Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.


Jeremiah 18:1-6, “1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the [a]wheel. 4 And the vessel that he [b]made of clay was [c]marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”



  • As we reflect back over our lives, we must focus on areas that was not fully functional. Some stuff wasn’t just other people’s fault, it was yours. God is pulling for you and he is working things out for your benefit.
  • No matter what has happened in your life, know that it is never too late for a do-over. God is going to do something new in your life. Deep down, you know He is, but you just don’t know how.
  • A new year means new opportunities. God saw something worth salvaging in your life. He will do whatever he needs to do to make that happen. Perhaps you experienced pain, but there is grace on your life. You are due a do-over.
  • Some people will testify that they couldn’t have done what they have, if God hadn’t given them a do- over. Sometimes you have to thank God for the Do -Over!
  • Jeremiah is summoned by God to go down to the Potter and observe his process. God will use these circumstances to give a spiritual revelation to Jeremiah as it relates to the children of Israel.
  • During the process of the clay, things happen. The Potter stops what he is making, and he makes the decision to make it all over again. This is a do-over! God does us the same way. God gives us a do-over!
  • God is sovereign and in control over everything that happens to you. When the Potter has to do a do-over, he may have to re-pound the clay, he may have to kneed it again, he may also need to re-roll it, but it will be ok, because the Potter is in control. Just like this, some things may be unnerving, but know that it is ok, if God is in control.





  • “His plan in your life means His work in your hands, and you can be sure it is work He has chosen and gifted you to do.” — Jill Briscoe, – Have Faith Enough To Finish
  • Your life is not a random act of creation. Some of the circumstances that got you here may be peculiar, but it is not a mistake!
  • Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”- God is looking for alignment and relationship with him. Even your car will not drive properly without a proper
  • Jeremiah observes that we are the clay and God is the Potter. Often, we try to make ourselves the Potter. Know that it is God that has control of our lives. It is the Potter that is in control, not the clay.
  • Realize that we are no more than glorified dirt. If it hadn’t been for the grace of God, we wouldn’t be where we are.
  • We are the clay and God is the Potter.
  • Clay is becoming. Clay is designed to make something. It is always in the state of be Clay wasn’t designed to sit.
  • When you are becoming, your purpose is in the mind of the maker.



  1. The Potter has the purpose in mind for the clay, before he puts it on the wheel. In like manner God put the ingredients in you, before He made you for your purpose.
  2. You can’t be a cup, wishing you were a vase. God wired you the way he wired you, to fulfill the purpose He has in mind for you.
  3. God placed inside you, everything you need. The DNA, the swag, and the personality you have is all for what you are about to become.
  4. “Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” — Leonardo da Vinci. – In other words, my work needs to be a key for what I am supposed to do. When I realize what I am becoming, then God will complete what He started in me.



A.     This is the Process of origination and destination.

  • You have on the Potter’s wheel, an unbothered block of clay. When God finishes it, the clay becomes a valuable vase.
  1. How did the clay go from origination and destination? It was the mess in the middle.


  1. If you look in the messy process, you must know that God is still working in that stuff. You might have a messy season, but God is still working on you.
  2. Scripture Reference: Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”



A.     The Potter was on the wheel working and Jeremiah realized something was wrong. Can you be in the master’s hand and yet something still be wrong with you? Just because you are in the Master’s hand, doesn’t mean nothing is wrong with you.



A.     You are one decision away from another walk of life.

B.      We want to spend eternity with God, but we don’t want to spend time with Him. We want to be all the way in, without being all the way out there.

1.      You can’t be close to God and be a liar. The closer you get to God, the less judgmental you become. You ought to become better, because you are in his presence.

2.      The grace extended to you ought to be extended to other people.

a.            Whether you smoke crack or weed, it’s all the same with God. You ought to just give God glory that he looked beyond your faults.

3.      Know that something is wrong with you. We are in the hospital waiting on the physician to come fix what is wrong with us.



A.     God didn’t throw you down, because something was wrong with you. He kept you in his hands. God loved David, because he said David was one after His own heart. He honored that David was willing to repent after doing wrong.

B.      There is nothing more powerful than something in the hands of God. Put something in my hands, you might come up short. Put a ball in our hands and you may get a few baskets. Put the ball in the hands of a Michael Jordan and you get championships. We have to put ourselves in the hands of God.




A.     People look at your actual life now. The Potter never sees what everyone else sees. Some people see one big clump of clay when they look at you. The Potter sees what that clump of clay will become.



A.     Just because the clay was marred, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value.

B.      Some people compare their lives to others on Instagram and as a result, they suffer depression. 1 Samuel 16:7  (NKJV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have [a]refused him. For[b] the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”– God told Samuel not to look at their appearance. God looks at the heart, not the outside appearance. The stuff that makes you who you are is the stuff people can’t see.



A.     Mercy will cover you, despite your flaws. God covers you like they do when they prepare you for surgery. Aren’t you glad God covered you before he worked on you?

B.      God worked on me, until I got it right. There are things that the Potter has to do, before his will comes to pass in your life.



A.     If he hadn’t broken me, I wouldn’t be who I am today.



A.     The same marred vessel, the clay, didn’t look like what the Potter had in mind. As a result, the Potter took the same vessel and made it another way. In other words, I am the same, but I’m not the same. I give God the praise for another chance. God made me another way.

1.      I look the same maybe, but I’m not the same.

B.      I thank God for saving me. When they try to handle you the way they used to, tell them you have been made over again. You have been made another way! You had a do-over!


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Head Swimming Blessings

Part II: Unexpected Blessings series

“Head Swimming Blessings”

Sermon Synopsis December 8, 2019

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.


Amos 9:13-15, “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” Says the Lord your God.”


I.          Introduction

  • Blessings are something that many of us take for granted. The idea of being blessed or at least the word “blessed” is often thrown around without regard for what it really means. For example, when someone sneezes, we say “Bless-you”
  • The truth is God intends blessings with intentionality. God puts something on your life that transcends your zip code and exceeds your financial abilities. It is not dependent upon anything, but God’s sovereign will. God places it on a person even though it is something they do not deserve.


  • Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV) 22 The blessing of the Lord makes onerich, And He adds no sorrow with it.– When the blessing of the Lord is upon our life, we are whole, not fractured. There is


  • In the story today, God brought His people from ruin to a place of being run over with blessings. God is about to allow blessings to take over your life.
  • This is a restoration oracle written by Amos the prophet. In it, God is about to bring judgement on the Israelite people. Although some people will be destroyed, there is a remnant of people at that same time that God will save. These are those that will be saved and restored. They will see blessings like they’ve never seen before.
  • God is about to do in your life as he did the people of God. He is going to bring an overwhelming blessing into your life.


II.          The Time of Reaping

A.    Get ready for what’s about to come

  1. Amos was not a fluff prophet. He was different. What made him different is he spoke to power. He was always about justice. He was always speaking out against those who rendered injustice to people.
  2. Amos cared for the disadvantaged. In fact, his words were so encouraging, many Civil Rights Leaders quoted him.
    1. Amos 5:24 (NKJV) 24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.
  3. God chose to use Amos to tell the people what was coming forth and just like the people in the story today, Get ready for your increase!


B.     What you went through prepared you for the increase

  1. Scripture Reference: Psalm 126:5-6, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”- You can’t live the rest of your life living in what you’ve gone through. Know that God must be preparing something in you.
  2. Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; butGod meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  – Some of you will be thanking God for what you were crying over initially.
  3. Story – There was a Dr that was doing a study. He showed all the participants a picture of a big black dot on a piece of paper. He asked each person what they saw in the picture. He received many different responses, but he never got what he was looking for out of the responses. What the Dr noticed was that everyone had a comment for the dot, but no one noticed the empty white space on the page. The white space was equally as important as the dot, because the white space represented potential, because it was area that had not been used for anything.  It was undeveloped potential.


III.          The Time of Restoration

A.    What was lost will be replaced

  1. God is about to replace what you lost.
  2. Scripture Reference: Deuteronomy 30:3 (The Message), “God, your God, will restore everything you lost; He’ll have compassion on you; He’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.”- God is about to restore what the locust have eaten.
  3. God is waiting to put you back in this place. We must refuse to let haters cause us not to enjoy it.
  4. The season between seed and harvest is about to be over!


  1. In this season, what you worked for will be enjoyed
  2. The days of laboring and not reaping from it is over. You’re about to reap off your labor!
    1. Amos 9:13-15  (NKJV) 13 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it. 14 I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. 15 I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the Lord your God.



IV.          The Time of Replanting

A.    God is preparing the ground to give you a strong foundation

  1. There is a difference between enjoying what you planted and God planting you. When God plants you, everything around you gets blessed.
  2. What you plant is governed by seasons. God plants without seasonal restrictions.


B.     This time, I’m here to stay

  1. We are speaking consistent wins.
  2. When you have a covering and you remain where God tells you, know that the devil is aware of what God promised you. This will cause him to try to attack you.


C.     Closing Story:

  1. Bishop shares that after he had been studying for his sermons, he left singing the song, “There is no failure in God”. When he got to the truck, it wouldn’t start. Bishop was concerned, because he was on his way to do Bible Study. God said to him, “Now you know what this is don’t you?”


Satan was trying to destroy Bishop’s faith as soon as he had finished studying God’s word.

  1. Scripture References:

Psalm 1: 1-3, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”-


  1. Remain planted. If you trust God, you will recover from your pain. Everything the enemy stole. God is about to give back to you.
  2. Rejoice on his promise. God is going to bring ruins to the wicked, but he is going to restore the remnant.


  1. Amos 9:13 (NKJV) 13 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine,
    And all the hills shall flow with it.
  2. Jeremiah 17:7-8, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”


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Just a thought for today

Genesis 50:20 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Simply put; God not only protected you from the evil that was intended, He also turned it around for our good and for the good of those around us.
Then God used it to be a blessing to others so that it might be used as a tool to save lost souls as we proceed down the path that He intended for us to travel.
In other words: The lightning bolt that you threw, knocked the tree down and it missed us, then it fell across the river that was blocking us from getting to where God wanted us to go. Then we used that same tree to get to the other side and along the way, we were able to pull those people up that was drowning in the currents of the river. Then we all moved over to the other side and got to our destination using what was a direct result of that which came to harm us.
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Overcoming Discouragement – Bible Study 12.04.19

Overcoming Discouragement

Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.

Bible Study Synopsis 12/04/19

Psalm 42:11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

I.          Introduction

  • All of us know that life is filled with ups and downs. As a result, there are things that come against us that lead to discouragement. Things like heart- break, death, being let down people, and etc … lead to
  • Even though we may experience discouragement, we have to learn how to defeat it and not let it overcome us.

II.          How to Identify Discouragement

Discouragement is a lack of confidence and enthusiasm; dispiritedness. When you experience discouragement, you wake up in a funk and you really don’t on why.

A.    The signs of discouragement

  1. Lack of Sleep – You have to discern if this is from discouragement or from simply not going to bed when you are supposed.
  2. Overly Critical of Self – You are constantly attacking yourself.
  3. Becoming Isolated – The enemy keeps you away from other people so that he can interrogate you. When you notice that you like to isolate yourself, you have to ask yourself, why do you always want to retreat and get by yourself.
  4. Lack of Fruitfulness – You have trouble producing good work.
  5. Loss – This can be loss of loved ones for example. This has to be dealt with! When Moses died, it took a toll on Joshua. When you find yourself still talking about the loss of someone, know that this is sparked from your discouragement over it.

Scripture Reference: Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – God had to literally bring Joshua out of his state of discouragement, because if He hadn’t, Joshua would lose hope and miss out on the next assignment God had planned for his life.

B.     The manifestation of discouragement

Scripture Reference: Nehemiah 2:1-5, “And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before. 2 Therefore the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart.” So I became dreadfully afraid, 3 and said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?” 4 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” – This scripture is a great example of how to deal with people who are dealing with discouragement.

  1. The way to weigh authentic relationships is this; know that Spiritual Relationships always pick up pain on your radar. They can always tell if you are hurting. If people hang out with you and don’t notice when something wrong with you, this is a problem.
  2. In this scripture, the supervisor or the King in this case, looked at Nehemiah and knew something was wrong with him. This might also be worthy to note for ourselves that it is not only important to have friends that can tell when something is wrong with you, but also important to work for people who can tell when something is wrong with you. It is important to pick employers that care about the people that work for them.
  3. Nehemiah had a King what was concerned when he realized that something had to be wrong with him.
  4. God gives us time to unload what is bothering us, but often we say “nothing is wrong” when we are asked.


III.          Understanding Factors that Create the Spirit of Discouragement

A.    Unresolved pain can place you in the pit of despair

1 Kings 19:9-10 (NASB) 9 Then he came there to a cave and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 He said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” – Elijah tried to run and escape it all. As a result, he went and hid in a cave.

  1. The trauma of the past can end up being the drama of your present.
  2. Discouragement will follow you wherever you go, if you don’t deal with it.
  3. Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name. But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.” – Jeremiah was about to quit, but he got a word from God.
  4. You have to come to a place where you won’t let what didn’t happen, defeat you.

B.     Don’t let what didn’t happen defeat you

“Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.” –Neal Maxwell – An example of this would be, “ They didn’t choose me… “ or “I didn’t get the job… “


  1. Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV), “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” – People are your friends until they are not. People will flip on you in a minute.
  2. There is a moment when you experience discouragement that you have to encourage yourself. Sometimes you have to learn to have church all by yourself.

IV.          How to Live Free of Discouragement

A.    Learn to let go and live

  1. God never intended on you living a life of discouragement. How many of you have a big heart or is always the giver or waiting for others to catch up with their commitment? This makes you a perfect candidate for
  2. When you pour out and nothing comes back, it is hurtful. Most people that are shady don’t care if it comes back to them or not. They don’t have any expectations, so they never get discouraged.
  3. Scripture References:
  4. Romans 8:37, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
  5. Isaiah 61:3 (NIV), “… provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” – Down in Louisiana, they have a lot of Oak trees and if the Oak Tree could talk, he would say, “The Oak Tree will say I know that preachers have preached about the Palm Tree and how the palm tree can withstand storms and yet pop right back up after its over.”
  6. The Oak Tree would continue to say, “The only thing is, the Palm Tree can only survive certain environments”.
  7. See the Oak Tree has durability and sustainability. The Oak Tree is always there, year after year. There are Oak Trees there are several hundred years old. We can’t say the same about Palm Trees.

B.     Let God restore your joy

  1. Bishop Walker shares that he has awaken sad and not even know why before.
  2. Scripture Reference: Psalm 51:12, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.” – This is an indication that there is a season where I am in a sad place. How do I get my joy back?
  3. You can’t depend on the Praise Team or the church to do it for you. When you do that, you have turned them into a narcotic. In other words, you are coming to Church to get a high.
  4. The problem with getting high is, you will eventually come down.

C.     Steps to help you conquer discouragement:

  1. Establish Boundaries – Stop letting people sow seeds of discouragement into your life. Stop having people call you all the time. Learn that it is ok not to answer the phone. You have to decide what you will let into your day.
  2. Change the way you talk – Start speaking positivity over your life. Watch how you ask questions? For example, don’t say things like, “Ya’ll not hiring are you?”
  3. Ask for prayer support (Reference: Deuteronomy 32:30) – Learn to ask the right people to join you in prayer. Misery is contagious. We all need to learn to get us a misery blocker.
  4. Learn to celebrate the small victories – Some people lament even when things are going right.
  5. Put your faith in God– David is in discouragement. It is a spiritual space. Psalm 40:1-2 (NKJV) 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
  6. David waited patiently. He wasn’t anxious. Maybe the word waited in this scripture means servant like a waiter or server in the restaurant.
  7. The scripture says that David served patiently for the Lord. This means he wasn’t doing it for people, he was doing it for the Lord.
  8. The scripture says that while David was serving, he was hurt. What got God’s attention is that he saw us serving while we were hurt. God sees our sacrifice.
  9. The scripture says He heard David’s cry. Cry is a word that has implications of It is like all the child knows to do is cry over the situation, God heard him. Any parent will tell you that they know their child’s cry over anyone else’s child. David says he was in such a place, while he was crying, but God heard him.
    1. No matter how many people are in your church, God heard your cry. That time you left church and cried all the way home, God heard you.
  10. We’ve said before, the way to check an authentic relationship is to see if they pick up on your hurt. Well know that God always hears your cries.
  11. The scripture says that David served patiently while he was discouraged. God noticed it and heard our cry. He brought us up and then he brought us out. The suggests that we were so discouraged that we were laying down on the ground. God had to lift us up out of the pit and the clay that had us bound, but then he set us upon a rock.
  12. This rock suggests that God took us out of something that was slippery and uncertain and placed us onto a place that was solid and dependable.
  13. Finally, God established our steps. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. If we go where God wants us to go, we will be where God wants us to be at the appointed time. This way we won’t miss the blessing or the covering.
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He knew I needed it , Sermon11/24/19

“He Knew I Needed It”

Part IV of the Covered series

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.

Sermon Synopsis 11/23/19


Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”


I.          Introduction

Sometimes it is unclear what we need. In times of trouble, we often we find ourselves defaulting back to what is comfortable. Going back to what’s comfortable winds up leading us to be frustrated, because it is unable to provide what we need to solve our problem. We then find out that it is God that has what we need.


We must let God be our source and our answer. This Psalm is powerful. It is known also to be the longest Psalm in the Bible. In this Psalm, we find that all the things that may challenge the believer is countered by the authority of the Word of God which is hid in our hearts.


The Word of God allows you to live out your life. It strengthens you and elevates your mind. It provides revelation of truth.


Sometimes God reveals things that we don’t comprehend until later. For example, God will allow you and someone to break up. God knew you needed it ahead of time. You go through counseling trying to get over this break up. 5 yrs later you see the person you broke up with and you begin to thank God for His intervention between you two!


We must learn to stop crying and start calling upon the Name of the God, because He knows what he is doing.!


God is providently moving in everyone’s life, however, there has to be evidence of acceptance.


II.          The Evidence of Acceptance

This is accepting that God governs my life.

A.    This was a necessary season

  1. This season was trial by season to see if we were ready for the next level.
  2. Peter 1:6-7 (NKJV) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been [a]grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, – You had to go through fire to refine you for promotion.
  3. The heat is designed to remove impurities out of your life. Normally they will heat the gold up with fire until it turns to a liquid. Once it has turned to liquid all the impurities will float to the top and they are then able to skim all the impurities off the surface and then let the gold cool back down to a solid state. The good thing is, now the gold is better and more valuable than it was before it was put to the fire.
    1. There are things you have a problem letting go of, so God made it let us go!
    2. God wants us to start looking like gold. Not fake gold, but real valuable gold. The kind of gold that has been through the fire.
  4. You got to get good letting stuff go. If you allow yourself to stay in despair, you will never get to a place where it blesses you. When God has you to let stuff go, it humbles you, it does not hinder you.


B.     It worked out for me when I became good with it

1.      Romans 8:28 (NKJV) 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – You’ve got to trust God when you can’t trace God. Trust that God has things under control, even if you don’t see him working.

  1. Can God trust you to make him look good? When you exhibit the strength to move on, you will know that there were benefits from your affliction.


III.          The Effects of Affliction

A.    What I went through didn’t make me bitter, it made me better

  1. You are better off that you didn’t’ get that job, because God had a better one for you. You are better off that you didn’t close on that house, because God had a bigger house in mind for you.
  2. “Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.” ― Matthew Henry – God allows you to go through those seasons not smelling like smoke and not looking like you’ve been through the fire.
  3. Paul had a thorn in his flesh. He asked God to remove it. Corinthians 12:8-9(NKJV) Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – It might not be for you, but God gave them a level of grace to be able to walk through their circumstances. God is the grace that makes us able to withstand it.


B.     The affliction was connected to my assignment


  1. Your affliction ushers you into your assignment. It was never designed to destroy you.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV) 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, – There is a weight to God’s glory. People see your glory, but they don’t understand the weight that comes with it.

  1. They don’t understand the weight of your glory was an indication of the weight of your story (your affliction).
  2. When the student is ready, the teacher will come. God will show up when you are ready for him to take you to the next level.


IV.          The Education of the Acts

A.    The Lord didn’t block it so He could let it develop me

  1. God will deliver you when he is ready. Stop asking people to ask God to take you off your cross before its time.

2.      Psalm 34:19 (NKJV) 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. – You have to look back to see the revelation in your life.

  1. There was a time you had to develop film in a dark room. In order for the picture to develop, you had to place the film in a dark room, absent from the light. Like this, God has to take you thru a fearful season, a season where you have to experience some dark times.
  2. Remember that we can’t get to the picture, unless we first experience some darkness.


B.     I had to learn it in order to live it


  1. If you let it teach you, deliverance can reach you.
  2. Revelation is a powerful thing. Lots of people say they don’t have to go to church, because they can read the word out of the bible for themselves. This is true, but just reading the word only gives you knowledge. God anoints somebody to deliver the same word you read, but he enables them to provide you with revelation.

a.      Jeremiah 3:15 (NKJV) 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.– You come in the house or the church, because there is an anointing that brings forth revelation there.

  1. God says you ain’t done, until God gives you an experience to match the revelation you are about to get. The experience brings about your testimony.

“The school of suffering never graduates any students, so ask God to teach to you the lessons He wants you to learn.” ― Warren W. Wiersbe

  1. Out of our affliction, we learned:
  2. How to have Prayer over Worry
  3. How to have the Posture of a Winner
  4. That Praise is your Weapon
  5. The Power of Worship



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Overcoming Doubt – Bible Study 11.20.19

2-Part Series: Defeating Doubt and Discouragement

Part I: Overcoming Doubt

Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.
November 20, 2019

Bible Study Synopsis

Psalm 42:11, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

       I.          Introduction

  • Some things in life cause us to doubt what we believe. You must recognize at this point that doubt has creeped in on you.
  • Doubt unfortunately is part of our human make up.

Here are two examples of doubt found in the bible.

  1. Gideon – Shies away from God’s call.
  2. Gideon tested God twice (in the scripture below) because he didn’t believe that one man could go against a predator of God’s people.

Judges 6:36-40 (NKJV)

36 So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said— 37 look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” 38 And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” 40 And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.  – God removed Gideons doubt by responding to his fleece test and by using him to lead God’s people to victory.

  1. Sarah – Doubt caused her to laugh at God’s promise
  2. God spoke to Abraham and Sarah saying that they would birth a son at their old age. Sarah was 89 and Abraham was 99 at the time.


Genesis 18:10-15 (NKJV)

10 And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”(Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.) 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and [a]Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. 12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13 And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” 15 But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh!” -God hears Sarah laugh and he asks Abraham is there anything too hard for him.

  1. Where there is doubt, you question the character and power of God.

     II.          What is Doubt?

  1. Defining Doubt
    The secular definition of doubt is: to call into question the truth of: to be uncertain or in doubt about.

    1. Doubt in the Scripture can be seen to be characteristic of both believers and unbelievers. In believers it is usually a weakness of faith, a wavering in the face of God’s promises. In the unbeliever doubt is virtually synonymous with unbelief. – Scripture looks at doubt for what it really is. It doesn’t downplay doubt as we usually do.
  2. Doubt vs. Unbelief
    1. Does doubt make me a non-believer? Being a believer doesn’t mean that you won’t have moments of doubt.

John 10:26 (NKJV)

26 But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, [a]as I said to you.  – These were unbelievers

Mark 9:24 (NKJV)

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” – He is a believer that had some doubt.

Matthew 14:31 (NKJV)

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” – Peter doubted in a certain moment. Doubt is not the absence of faith; it is instead moments of unbelief.

  • Hang around doubters long enough and you will start to doubt.
  1. Characteristics of Doubters

Four Characteristics of Doubters
1. Doubters are uncertain about decisions.
2. Doubters are distrustful.
3. Doubters tend to call on logic and reason.
4. Doubters hesitate before acting.

Some scripture examples of doubt

Matthew 14:31 (NKJV)

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Matthew 12:38-42 (NKJV)

38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.

Matthew 21:21 (NKJV)

21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.

Mark 11:23 (NKJV)

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

 Luke 24:38 (NKJV)

38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts?

John 20:27 (NKJV)

27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

    III.          How Does Doubt Affect the Believer?

  1. Instability in Your Faith

James 1:6-8 (NKJV)

6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. – Wherever there is doubt, there is no stability. This means that you are easily swayed.

  1. Falling Short of the Goal

Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)

14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – I’m not going to be distracted by past things. I’m constantly pushing towards what God has called me to.

    IV.          How to Overcome Doubt

  1. Learn to Trust God
  2. Do you really trust god? Jesus tells the disciples, let us pass over to the other side. Jesus then gets on the ship and goes to sleep. When the storm comes, the disciples panic and then they go wake up Jesus and ask if he cares that they might perish. If Jesus has said us (keyword) is going over, then why do you let what happens in between, make you doubt what he has said.

Soren Kierkegaard once stated, “Every mental act is composed of doubt and belief, but it is belief that is the positive, it is belief that sustains thought and holds the world together.”

  1. Five Ways to Overcome Doubt
    Have faith – You need to have faith in God and in yourself. You have to believe God has equipped you. God knows everything about you, before he calls you.

    2. Stop worrying about what others think. The reason why you doubt him is because you are worried about the crowd response (This is something I personally have had a problem with all my life).

    3. Move from contemplation to action. Move from contemplation to action. Stop talking and thinking about it. Just do it.

    4. Don’t be afraid of failure. You will never know if God can do it, if you don’t try it.

    5. Stop wasting time investing in doubt


  1. Combat doubt by re-realizing the truth. You have to let it go.


  1. Here are some scriptures about re-realizing truth.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths.

John 20:31 (NKJV)

31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Romans 4:20 (NKJV)

20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,


“Face your fears and doubts, and new worlds will open to you.” – Robert Kiyosaki – Abraham had to leave his country on Gods command. He was blessed, because he didn’t doubt what God had told him to do.

     V.          Stop Worrying and Stand on His Word

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. – Everything that God promises had a yes attached to it.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; – Doubt dilutes the promise of God concerning your life.

Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)

25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Faith itself is your greatest weapon towards doubt.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

11 Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen. – Now faith is the first two words in this scripture. The word “Now” deals with current, immediate, or right now. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God according to the book of Romans. – We are going to dissect the meaning of this scripture.


The word of God is a revelation. It is a living word. There can be no relevance if there is no revelation.

Now the revelation is our foundation. When doubt comes in, the revelation is our foundation. Our revelation counters the doubt. We have a living word inside of us. When doubt comes in our revelation which is our foundation counters it. For example, when doubt says the bill won’t be paid, the revelation says God will supply all my needs.

Now faith is: The revelation I am standing on, is. In other words, we are not waiting to be healed, we are healed. When you lay holt of this revelation, you won’t have doubt on your life, no matter what anyone says.

Your revelation changes your situation. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It is the substance of hope. What fuels this is the foundation. It causes us to hope when the evil is attacking you.  This is why the enemy is after your hope. When a person is ready to jump, he has lost hope.

Where there is doubt there is no stability or foundation. My revelation reminds me of who I am.

Evidence of things not seen: Our whole life we been trained to respond to what we see. This is why the enemy tries to show you things that lead to losing a hold of our hope.

We don’t look at things the way others look at things. We expect miracles. Where there is no revelation, there is no expectation. We have to let you know that we expect something to happen.

An act of faith. You drive to the gas pump, because you need gas. You put your debit card in the pump and then you swipe it. You believe by faith that what’s in the gas pump is actually pumping into your car. You don’t see the gas, yet you believe. You drive all-around town just because your indicator says your tank is on full. You might not see the miracle now, but you have someone by you that is like the fuel indicator in the car. You might not see the wind, but the leaves will testify that the wind is blowing.

We see Peter walking on the water. He gets out of the boat, but do we really know Peter saw Jesus. Maybe he didn’t see him at first. We say this, because the scripture says they thought they saw a ghost and Peter said if it be you, let me come. He stepped out on the faith that this was Jesus.

We have to walk in faith and starve our doubt. Don’t let your doubt cause you to miss what God has promised you.


God bless!


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When Nothing Else Will Do , sermon 071419


Part II of the sermon series entitled “Closer”

Synopsis of July 14th sermon

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, D.Min.


Psalm 42:1-5, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.”


      I.          Introduction

  1. Everyone comes to a point where their appetite changes.
  2. Sometimes you can get exposed to a different type of food and suddenly your appetite changes. As a result, you now desire greater food and now you won’t except things below what you know is possible to obtain.
    1. For example, if a woman meets a King that treats here like a Queen, she will no longer accept
  3. Psalm 34:8 (NKJV) says Oh, taste and see that the Lord isgood; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! – When you taste of the goodness of God, nothing else satisfies you. Today we are privileged to eaves drop on the Psalmist. In the scripture we see that the Psalmist loans to be back into relationship with God.
  4. The writer is in a dark place, the place of
  5. He is taunted by those that used to go with him into the temple. They don’t understand his season.
  6. It is one thing to walk with those that don’t know, but it’s another thing if it is people that is supposed to know you, yet can’t understand you and your situation.
  7. For the believer, he or she is like the deer is panting for the water. He now needs refreshing. The writer uses this illustration to illustrate how he longs for God.


    II.          Desire for the Living God

A.    What I run to can keep me alive

  1. This is a time to run to God. Water represents source. The body can’t live without water and in the same manner, the soul can’t live without the presence of God.


  1. John 4:14 (NKJV) says 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
    • When God gives us fulfillment, we will no longer have need of anything.
  2. Some people are thirsty, and they think they can go around on just a drip instead of a drink.
    • With all the hell you are dealing with, a sip ain’t going to get it!
  3. The Lord doesn’t need you being thirsty.



B.     Thirst for what’s real will lead to being filled

  1. You can’t expect people to quench your thirst. We think people can fulfill it for us and they blow it every time.
  2. Both the Husband and the Wife go out to work these days. They leave full, but we come back empty.
  3. Only God can fill you up. When you walk through life whole, you don’t wait for people to fill you. You are are already
  4. In this day and time, we think tangible stuff makes us fulfilled.
  5. How odd it is to use the word “drip” to define our stuff. If it is just a drip, then you still end up
  6. It’s not the things that money can buy, it’s the things that money can’t buy. If I focus on the things that money can’t buy, then if I lose everything I have, I won’t lose my mind, because I know where my fulfillment comes from.
  7. God will give to you in a way where you won’t need again. You are about to embark on a season where you won’t need for anything. When God becomes our fulfillment, we don’t have wants, because we are connected to the source.
  8. Have you come to place where you think it doesn’t make sense?


  III.          Dealing with Distress Led to Remembrance

A.    Your enemies desire to see you defeated

  1. It is important to know what your enemy is up to. Your friend-enemies have one goal, they want to steal from you. Stealing from you can also be taking years off your life.
    1. Remember the Psalmist was being ridiculed by people who use to run with him.
  2. Why do our so-called friends try to condemn us? Know that God will cover you.
  3. Psalm 27:5  (NKJV) For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.- Remember the times God hid your issues from others?
    1. Know that some flashbacks you have will free you?
  4. If you ever calm the chaos long enough you will come to this place. Philippians 4:8-9  (NKJV) says 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things arelovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.- You got to learn how to think yourself out of a dark place.


  1. Your mind will play tricks on you. You got to arrest those thoughts and think yourself When we do this, you mute the noise behind you.
  2. We think like we think. We have to think like we are trying to think ourselves out of this dark place. If you think, you will thank! In other words, if you are thinking right, it will eventually bring you to a point of thanking God!


 IV.          Decision to Lift Up Praise

A.    Encourage yourself to escape it

  1. One of the things the enemy wants to do is to get you to isolate yourself. Get your own party hat and encourage yourself.
  2. If you care about what others think, you will always be their prisoner – las Tzu . Caring too much about what others think will have you asking questions like: What wrong with me? Why am I looking like this?
  3. Stop allowing the hell you are going through be inside you.



B.     Look like He lifted you out of it


Start looking like you’ve been lifted out of it. Now how do we do this?

  1. By running after darkness is over. Once the storm is over, we ought to give God praise for all that he has done for us!
  2. Declare that I may get discouraged, but I will never disconnect. I will not let my situation change my relationship with the one that can change my situation.
  3. Know that when you lift Him up, he will lift you up!


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