If you didn’t know, now you do.
Synopsis of sermon 92709
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Micah 7: 1-8
One of the most important things in life is spiritual maturity. The journey that brings us to spiritual maturity is often tied to experiences that God knows we need. There are things that God takes us through, because he knows we are not going to volunteer for it. So God providently navigates our lives though a series of experiences so we can come to know him. While going through these experiences, you don’t often understand why. The truth is, you reflect back over it one day and you will actually thank God for the journey, because you will learn some things about God, and about the people around you. It is important because experiential knowledge helps you get to a point where your relationship becomes personal with God. By this we mean your relationship is not tied to what somebody said or tied to what you read in some book. Your relationship is actually tied to what you know for yourself.
When you look at Micah(the book), the Minor prophet is really lamenting over his situation as he looks out and sees so much wickedness in the land. He attempts to walk in righteousness and do the things that God has asked him to do, but it look like those who are wicked are prospering instead of him. Micah lifts this up in verse one by saying, “1Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.” In other words, he is looking at the wicked prosper, but he is wondering when his season is going to come. If we be honest we have all been here. The point is, why is it necessary for us to go through seasons like this? You have to have to heighten sensitivity to what God allows you to experience, because you know if God sends you through it, there must be a lesson to it. If you didn’t know, you are about to know some things about God that will change your life forever. Through this Micah discovers the frailty of human relationship and the strength of a Divine relationship with God. You need to understand that God is the only constant in your life. The song writer said ‘Time is filled with swift Time is filled with swift transition, Naught of earth unmoved can stand, Build your hopes on things eternal, Hold to God’s unchanging hand”. It is so important for you to understand the importance of having a powerful a relationship with God. Even when your circumstances shift, you ought to be solid enough in your relationship with God that you ought to know who is keeping your, providing for you, and who takes of you. Without experiences, you would not arrive at this place.
I. Season of rough returns.
1. All of us have been at this place. This is the season where you work, labor, and give and the return does not seem adequate enough to meet your needs. Micah’s situation has cause discouragement for him. Have you ever seen the wicked prosper? You work and work and you see that you are not where you think you should be. Well want you to know that it is ok to be in this season. You gave people praise in their season, so it is not a point of you hating. You see people that are not working for God prospering and you just wonder when your turn is going to come. You kept yourself Holy and you still feel like you’re by yourself. Ever been in a place of entitlement? This is the season where Satan will come and isolate you so he can interrogate.
2. Satan will come in at the season to cause:
a. Sociological comparison-make you look at where others are as compared to where you are. We must know the sinners only have a term. The bible promises that they will soon be cut down like grass.
b. Psychological confusion-now you are looking through your frustration and not hearing God adequately.
c. Theological contempt-you start raising questions about God’s fairness. That is what the devil wants us to do. The devil is trying to rob us of believing God for what he promised us. Many become cynical. When you are cynical, you begin to ask will it ever happen for you. After this you begin to have contemplation. This is where you think you will never get where you should be and you think maybe you should be doing something else. God said this season is just a test to discover who will keep you and provide for you. This thing will not end until God has the last word. If you don’t know, now you know that all things work together for your good and are for those that are called according to his purpose. Weeping endures for night, but joy comes in the morning. If you don’t know, now you know! Has though not known, has though not heard the everlasting Lord the creator of the ends of the earth that they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Even in the season of rough returns, never let your frustrations cause you to miss what God has promised you.
II. Searching for real relations
1. Everybody is looking for something. Micah 7:4: 4The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. – . When we look at human relationships, the writer says he gets discouraged. We all have had some people that have disappointed us in the past. Satan will make us push away people that mean us good, and embrace people that don’t mean us any good. You need people in your life that will hold you accountable. You need people that can tell you if you are going down the wrong path. You need for people to keep it straight with you. Micah 7:5-6: 5Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. 6For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.-A man’s enemies are in your house or you inner circle sometimes.
2. You will have let downs from:
a. Friends-there will be friends that will let you down. Proverbs 18:24: 24A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.-you must show yourself friendly. There will those that make you promise and they will be here until trouble comes. Once trouble comes, they are out. Ex-Peter denied Jesus 3 times and Judas betrayed him. Bishop explained that he used to meet people and given them 100% right off the bat and then let them deduct from that as the relationship went on. Now he explains that he has learned to start them at 0% and let them earn their integrity score from there.
b. Leadership-People will let you down as leaders. Never get to a point where you allow your relationship with God to be hinged on a man or woman. People who lead have troubles just like you do. Everyone has some issues, so your relationship with God should be hinged on only him.
c. Family-Family will also let you down. There‘s no pain like a family pain. We have pain with our mothers, our fathers, and etc…People often put dysfunctional families in a category, but the truth is we all came from dysfunctional families. There’s something wrong with all of us. A man’s family can hurt him.
3. Here is where Micah got to in Micah 7:7: 7Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.-you must not let human relation define your spiritual relationship. We are already loved because of our relationship with God.
4. When we look to hills it changes our:
a. Perspective – one thing we are sure of is God is right.
b. Patience – when we look to the hills, we develop patience.
c. Plight -2Psalm 40:1-2: 1I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings-One thing we know is God is real. There are many folk that will get excited by the gifting of God.
5. We need to be excited simply by our relationship with God. We are looking for real relationships, but we have experienced some let downs. God is the same, though people will let you down. Don’t let your let downs define what you want God to be.
III. Strength to rise out of life’s ruts.
People are waiting to capitalize off of your demise. Micah 7:8: 8Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. – When you are down to nothing, God is up to something. You have to be determined to send a message to your enemy. Before they call the party together to celebrate your demise, you will be out of what they thought that you would not come out of.
You will be surprised who is on the “see there committee”. Ex- “See there, I told you he wasn’t about nothing!” You got to develop the strength that though you are in a rough spot, you shall arise. Some of you have lost your fight and allowed your situation to drain you. You have to decide not to be a victim. We might be in a bad situation, but we shall arise, because we understand our destiny.
Even though it is dark, God will be our light. This involves:
1.Revelation-You are in darkness, bet God will light your way. Once God gives you revelations you get revival.
2. Revival-You will be revived by the revelation you got that was caused by God lighting your way. It involves self motivation and preservation.
3. Restoration-we are not just coming out, but we are coming out better. Don’t feel sorry for the way we are. Simplicity of things can be insulting, but have profound revelation. Micah says he is in a bad place, but he is telling his enemies not to rejoice. This situation was produced to see what he was made of.
There are 3 kinds of people
1. Plate people-don’t look like it, but you are like an expensive plate. You are expensive, but you don’t appear expensive. You serve until you are dropped. Once you have been dropped by your situation, you will break. No matter if you are an expensive plate or a cheap one, if you are dropped, you will shatter.
2. Sand people-you are like the people that have been through too much. You say you will not break, because unlike a plate, you are not breakable. People come to you for refuge. You give them the place to come and be restored. When you get dropped, you just flop. You don’t break, but you just stay right there. 5 yrs from the point of being dropped, you haven’t moved from that spot. Everything about you says that you have been dropped. You still encourage everyone else you never grow anymore and you never move from that spot.
3. Ball-you get dropped, you bounce back. You lose your job, yet you bounce back. You flunk the class but you bounce back. You got a record, but you bounce back. Sometimes the devil gets tired of you bouncing back. He tries to bounce you harder, but he doesn’t realize that the harder you are bounced, the harder you bounce back. The higher fall, the higher you come back. The higher you are bounced the higher your praise. Can you thank God for everything you went through. If you didn’t’ know now you know.