Synopsis of sermon 071909
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Amos 9:11-15: 11In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 12That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 13Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. 14And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
God always has a plan for the faithful. If we are honest, we will all agree that it is hard to watch the wicked prosper. It is hard to watch people prosper that are not in covenant with God. We must however, remember what David said in Psalms 37. 1Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.2For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
It is Amos that prophesied in the years mentioned in our text. Israel was divided and Amos spoke to the northern kingdom on behalf of God. There had been a breach of contract between God and Israel because Israel had turned to idol gods. It is now the prophet Amos that is responsible for saying to Israel what God had to say them in this season. Amos told Israel that even thought the enemy had come upon them, it had been allowed by God. In verse 9, God says these things had happened to Israel, because God desired to sift them. Amos 9:9: 9For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.-God was saying he allowed things to happen to find out who the authentic people were so that he could bless them. God however promised that he was going to restore them after this season of sifting. For some, God is sifting folk from your life as we speak, but afterwards you will have a good idea of the people that you can trust. Out of the whole nation of Israel, God was looking for those who remained faithful. We have to know that our faithfulness has not gone unnoticed. God knows your works and his knows your faithfulness. Even though things may happen in your life, we must know that God is going to raise up a remnant and he is going to show what faithful folk get in the end. Because we know how God works, we are never impressed with crowds, because we know that there is just a fragment within any crowd that will remain faithful.
I. Declared promise
1. All we need is a promise from God. Amos 9:11: 11In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: -No matter how bad things are, all we need is God. The rain falls on the just and unjust alike. By this we mean that sometimes the righteous has to endure what the wicked endures, but the difference is the righteous know how to handle it.
a. Sovereignty-we have to respect God’s sovereignty. Know that God is up to something. We have to know we have security in the midst of what we are going through. The security is the stuff that will not happen to us that happens to others. We have to know that we will survive this season.
b. Whatever we go through is seasonal. 2 Corinthians 4:17: 17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; -Our afflictions are but for a moment. God said he knows you may be in ruins and brokenness right now, but he is going to raise you out of this. God said he is going to raise a remnant that will not come out empty handed. Right in the midst of the ruins, God will raise up the remnant. The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous. God said to those in the ruins, if you hold on a little while longer, God is going to bring you through your Mess.
II. Devine Plan
1. What you are going through is nothing more than a setup. God is allowing it so you can show your faithfulness. This is not the time for you to just walk away. The enemy wants to get you to point where you to say you want to give up, but the enemy doesn’t know who he is messing with. We will let nothing separate us from the love of God. You will prosper if we faint not.
2. God is always providently working to usher his will into our life. Amos 9:13: 13 “The time will come,” says the Lord, “when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine! – God says he is about to reverse some things in our lives. The laborer sows the seeds for the grapes and works the grapes in the vineyard, but in that day were not allowed to reap of the harvest. In order to make the wine, they had to crush the grapes. When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane he prayed in the garden where grapes were crushed. You get wine from crushed grapes and blood from a crushed body. God is going to allow us to bypass our crushing. The scripture ensures that we will get wine from places that have not been crushed. In other words, God is going to allow us to get a blessing that we didn’t have to get crushed to qualify for. He is getting ready to reverse things for us. If you remain faithful where you are, God will make it all up to you.
3. When Israel rose up in pride, God allowed the remnant to stay among their enemies so they could see how things go for those that remain faithful
a. Stuck-up-God left you among them so you would not be like them. God wanted you to see an example of what you were not supposed to be like.
b. Selfish-God blessed the remnant to be a blessing. God doesn’t want us to be selfish.
c. Recession-God allowed a recession to come, because they were faithful.
d. Sinful-God has a remnant that he can give a blessing. The remnant has the mind set to say “Bless me and we will be a blessing to someone else”. God has a remnant of people that saw people play church all their lives. The remnant is not concerned with positions or titles; they just want God to get the glory. God is about to switch the script. People at the back will go to the front of the line. The remnant didn’t have to pass emails or kiss anyone’s butt. All they did was remain faithful. Somebody reading this can testify that they feel that they are on the verge of the best season of their life.
III. Destined place
1. God said he is going to bring them back. Amos 9:14: 14 I will bring my exiled people of Israel back from distant lands, and they will rebuild their ruined cities and live in them again. They will plant vineyards and gardens; they will eat their crops and drink their wine. –The remnant is God’s chosen people. After God get’s finished, the remnant will be so productive and fruitful, it will mess you up. God is a restorer. He will not leave you out there by yourself.
2. God says you will have to work it. No that God has restored you, he expects you to built. You will have to be productive and produce.
3. It is all about your witness. Whatever we do, we want God to get the glory. Everything that was lost last year, God is about to restore. There will be a shift in the atmosphere. God said because you stayed faithful, kept tithing, and kept serving he is about to give you double for your trouble. You thought you had it going on before brokenness, but he is going to build it better the second time around. You thought it was something the first time, but it will be much better. The glory of the later house will be better than that of the former house.