How will your story end Part I, Sermon 06/07/09


How will your story end Part I
“Your Destiny Awaits”
Synopsis of 06/07/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text-Gen 12:1-3

One of the most important things to God is how we all end up. How does this story play out called life? Whenever God creates us he does so with an intent. There is a biblical law called the Principle of Original Intent. Whatever God does or whatever he creates he does so with the end in mind. This is why God said he is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He says this because when he starts a thing, he has already ended a thing, while waiting on you start what he has already begun. It is important that the end result of our lives should bring glory to God. The end result is called Destiny or Destination. In other words the path towards destiny is purpose and purpose is in the mind of the creator. The purpose of a thing is defined by the maker of a thing. If we are his creation, he made us and not we ourselves. God will do what he has to do in order to usher or push us to the original intent he had for our lives. Sometimes we are, skewed, off balance, and out of position, but God will navigate circumstances and bring us to a point called now where everything begins to line up and God says it is time for that thing that has begun in our life to come to fruition.

This is a story of Abraham. His life is so powerful it would take an entire year just to preach about Abraham, be we believe that there are some principles found in Abraham’s life that should be applied to our lives. Abraham discovered his blessings were contingent on his obedience. Unless were are willing to do what God wants us to do, the blessing that God has deposited into our lives will never come to fruition. Great things were awaiting Abraham, but he was unaware of these great things that were assigned to his life. Just to look at Abraham, all you would see is a man married to Sarah. You would not see that in him are 3 of the world’s most dominating religions. Out Abraham comes Judaism, out of Abraham comes Christianity, and out of Abraham come the Muslim faith. Inside of one man, all of this is brewing and Abraham is unaware God is about to use him to do great things. Like Abraham, some of us go through life unaware that God is about to do some great things in our life. There may be some that have a sneaky suspicion based on this message being preached that some of the repositioning that has been happening in your life and some of the rearranging that has been going on is Gods way of saying that he has invested too much stuff in us to let that stuff lie dormant. They are suspicious that something is about to happen in their life. You must understand that God is about to stretch some of you like never before. You must understand that God is about to take you into places you never imagined you would go. God is about do exceedingly; abundantly above all you can ask or think. There comes a time where you arrive at a fork in the road and you can declare either you will continue to contribute to your demise or walk in the God given destiny that he has for your life. It may be crazy in your life right now and things might not make sense, but there are some people that will testify that they know that their destiny awaits them.
The issue with many of us is we wonder when God is going to show up. You need to know that you really are not waiting on God, God is waiting on you. We will find out that there are some things about Abraham that we need to take notice of. For one, we have to know that Abraham is a patriarch. There are patriarchs found in scripture often. They are Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A patriarch is a male head of the house. Opposite of that would be a Matriarch. This is the female head of the house. An example of this would be some people’s grandmother or Big Mama. Abraham is about to discover that his Patriarchal line is about to be bigger than his whole house. It is not but your zip code Abraham. What God is about to do is bigger than you see! In the history of the Bible, when people would pray, they would reference all the Patriarchs. Remember they would say things like, I worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they were the patriarchs of that time. Their faith transcended generations. What is it about Abraham that gives us powerful revelation? It was his willingness to be positioned in the right place.
I. Positioned in right place
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Gen 12:1 (KJV)
1. Now represents a particular period of time. If God is not speaking to you right now then maybe there are some things that need to happen first.
2. Whatever God intends to do in our lives have a lot to do with positioning. You can’t be in purpose and be out of position at the same time. The two go hand and hand. God told Abraham to go out from the place where he was and go to the place where God wanted him to be.
3. In order for to receive what God has for your life, you have to be sensitive and know what a real call is. What does this mean to be called? There are many people claimed to be called to the pulpit for example. This isn’t a play thing. Much responsibility comes with this call. It is not a vocation. You don’t’ choose this, it chooses you. Some people have diluted the credibility of the call (to the pulpit), because they entered for convenience and not commitment. The call is about taking up your cross and denying yourself. The bible says woe be it to him that puts his hand to the gospel plow and looks back. We got too many people that claim they have been called and they end up being more absent than people that have not been called. They say they have been called, yet they have no stability.
4. The Call is not just to pulpit or ordained ministry. Many people have an authentic call upon their life, but we have elevated the call to be a call to the proclamation preaching ministry and people now fell pressured that when God calls them they think maybe God is calling them to preach. Because of this, they get in front of the congregation and make a fool of themselves, because they are out of position. Every call is not a call to preach. You can be called into your particular area of expertise. God could be calling you as a school teacher or a dentist or an attorney.
5. Why would God call you and not call you to the pulpit? It is because he wants the glory not just in the pulpit; he wants his name lifted up in the courthouse, the school house, and the hospital. If you really want to know how called to a their area of expertise, look at what they do ( the environment they work in) Every time some people go to work, they have to realize that they are called, because no one could put up with the hell they are going through, but them. No one could put up with what they put with, unless they are called to it.
6. How does the Lord call us? The bible says and the Lord said unto Abraham in verse one of the text. “The Lord came unto” or” the Lord said unto” or” the Lord spake” is something that is consistent with the Hebrew writings.
a. God calls by his word. Notice it is always by the word. Whenever the Lord calls, it is by his word. God does not allow someone else to call for him. He is God enough to call you himself.
b. He calls us to his will. You will do what his word says do if you have been called. You can’t be out of the will of God and proclaim to be called. Like Jonah, when you are called and out of the will of God, you will cause storms to come into other people’s lives.
c. He calls us to Witness. When God calls things by his word to bring us into his will it is so our witness will be for his glory. Like Abraham, what God is about do is bigger than us. It is not about us. It is about him. The things he does for us will not only bless us, but others.
7. Many of us change our location physically thinking it will solve our problems. Wherever you go, you will be there. Our dilemmas follow us. If we are not positioned in the proper place, we will have the same dilemma wherever we relocate.
8. God will sometimes place you where you are totally dependent on him. God told Abraham to go to a land that he would show him. God takes us out of our place of comfort. God will not give your vision to you without you having the willingness to walk to it. You have to pack up &go where he wants you to go.
9. This decision can’t be made out of emotion. It is out of devotion. You can’t be in will of God when you operate off of emotion. You have to be in devotion meaning that you will be steadfast, unmovable, always abiding in the work of the Lord. This means we will be willing to show up whether people like us or not. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. We are to lean not to your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.
II. Prosperity tied to God’s Plan
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Gen 12:2 (KJV)
1. What God does in your life is for his glory. God says I will make in verse 2. In verse 1, if we do (move), we qualify for God’s “I will”. If we do, we walk into what he will do. If we do what we can do, he will do what we can’t do.
2. We have a skewed view of prosperity. People think we are prosperous because of what we drive or have. Prosperity has never been tied to money only. Prosperity funds purpose, the poor, and funds God’s program. Any prosperity you gain that does not operate in these 3 areas is for God’s glory. God only blesses us to be a blessing to others. God assures Abraham that he would change his current reality.
3. When destiny calls you, God will do what he has to do in order to usher you to your destiny. God told Abraham that he would make him a great nation. God will change you to look like where he is taking you to. Sometimes our circumstances don’t look favorable to what God has promised us. You can’t look at your condition. When God makes a promise, his promise will come to pass. You have to understand that you will not always be where you are.
4. God is about to change your immediate future. Some people can look at their situation and think that their situation is going to change in the next 3 to 5 yrs. God will change some things for you so quick, it will blow your mind. God says he is about to change your situation right now! God told Abraham that he was going to make Abraham a great nation. Nation is considered to be plural. Nation is a gathering of people, which means he will make you and those around you great. Ex- Bishop Walker explains being in France last week and noticing that the country announcing President Obama as the American President. Notice one name (the President) represents the whole nation (America or any other country).
5. Remember names were significant in the history of Hebrew text. People were given their names as a potential indicator of their character. Their names were so powerful that they often do not list surnames. They only needed to be referred by one name.
6. God said I am going to make your name great. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. Prov 22:1 (KJV)-God’s name gives you favor with someone. A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. Eccl 7:1 (KJV). Ex -”I know you, you are Sister Jones child”. Your good name gives you favor with man. A good name can get you into places (ex-“I am here with the Parker party”). A Great name gives your favor with God. God literally moves your name from noun to verb meaning action. It is not who you are, it is what you can deliver. Ex-There was a great company called Xerox that rose up in the last 20 or 30yrs. Its name became so great, when you go to the competition like Kinko’s, you can ask them to Xerox you a copy. The Xerox (the noun) has now been turned into xerox (the verb). Ex2-Micheal Jordan’s name became so great, you can be watching Coby Bryant do a great move and you will say, “That was a Jordan move”. A great name brings value to a thing. You can put Gucci on a ripped shirt and take it to someone who doesn’t know, and they will pay great money for it.
7. You are the blessing of Abraham. There are people you haven’t met yet that are going to benefit from the blessings that God has given to you.
III. Protection in the Lord’s Promise
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Gen 12:3 (KJV)
1. A Covenant is an agreement. Abraham understands he is a patriarch, over the house, but he doesn’t understand how big the house is until he comes into covenant. Some people get a covering & don’t’ understand that they are responsible for more than just them.
2. God fights your battles. When someone is in covenant with God, you have to speak well of them, because the hand of God is on their life. Mess around and curse them if you want. They don’t have to raise one finger. God fights for them.
3. This is not a seasonal blessing. It will continue generation to generation. God is not trying to just do a right now blessing. God told Abraham that all the families of the earth would be blessed through him. The blessing of God was on Abraham’s life. He has no children and conditions are not favorable, because they were old. The favor of God is on him and in him is greatness. You can’t be scared, you can’t procrastinate, and you can’t just do nothing.
4. There is an anointing on your life. We ask the Lord often, when he will bless us? Verse 1 says now. It will continue generation to generation.
5. Why us? Because God begins a thing with the end in mind. What was the end with Abraham? The devil is after your, because he knows the end or what your destiny is going to be. This is why the Devil is trying to frustrate you from your destiny. This takes out the end result.
6. What was God trying to end in Abraham? Matthew comes after 100 yrs of silence from God. The devil was trying to stop Abraham from: 2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram; 4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; 5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; 6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias; 7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias; 9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias; 10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias; 11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon: 12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; Matt 1:2-12 (KJV).
7. Satan thought he could stop Abrahams blessing at verse 11. They were in captivity at this time, but remember if God be for you, he is more than the word against you, because while in captivity, 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; 14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob; 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. The conditions were not favorable, because Mary was a virgin, but an angel said that there was favor on her womb. Inside her was Jesus. Jesus was born and they took him to Calvary. Once again, the devil thought he would stop Abraham’s blessing, but Jesus defeated death. This why the devil is trying to kill you. There is too much inside of you. There are too many dreams and too many blessings. We are the blessing of Abraham.
Prophecy for your life
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. 11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. 12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: Deut 28:1-13 (KJV)

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I consider myself a Christian with an envangelistic calling. I like music, art, and computers. I belive that God gives us our gifts so that they may be used for his glory. It is my desire that everyone in the world comes to know God and have a personal relationship with him by means of music, evangelistic ministry, and by understanding the word of God.
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