What the recession taught me Pt 4
I should have trusted God in tough times
Synopsis of Bible Study 11/18/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker
We often have a hard time trusting, because we have been let down by people so many times and as a result we often equate trust with that. Regardless, we must understand that trusting God is not like trusting people. We have to put our trust in God and we must trust God in all things. 1 Peter 5:6says 6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: – What God demand from us is humility.
God wants humility. Hebris, a word used in Old Testament Hebrew text is a word used for a prideful arrogant sprit. This is a trait that God despises. If the recession has taught us anything, it taught us involuntary humility. There were people that were big headed and puffed up and they thought they had everything going on, but when the recession came, it humble the. We must always as Christians, have a humble spirit. We must always walk in humility. You will be surprised how pride has sneaked in on many of us. God doesn’t use many of us on certain levels, because many of us are arrogant. We make a few dollars over minimum wage and we quit speaking to people! We must recognize that if it wasn’t for God’s grace, many of us wouldn’t have what we have. We must ask God to help us stay to stay humble. Ex- Bishop explains that his profession, he has had conference calls with people that we would considered to be very powerful people. When they ask Bishop how he wants to be addressed, he simply tells them to call him “Joseph” because that is his name. “Bishop “is Bishop Walker’s title, but “Joseph” is his name. They are shocked that he doesn’t mind being addressed by his first name. On another occasion, there was somebody whom we will not name that Bishop made a phone call to. Bishop Walker said he addressed him by his first name and it angered that person. They brought it to Bishop’s attention and asked why Bishop would they just address them by their name. Bishop told them that the man that died for him on Calvary is addressed by his first name. His name is “Jesus” so Bishop says if he calls him by his first name, surely this person would not take issue with being addressed by his first name. We get caught up in titles and attention and it is important that we understand that this is not really important.
God resists the proud. James 4:6 says 6But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.-We need grace and this is why we are humble. God resists the proud. We recognize if it wasn’t for God’s grace, we wouldn’t have what we have. 1 Peter 5:5 says 5Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.-God says be clothed in humility. God is after our humility. Micah 6:8 says 8He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?– God simply wants us to do right by people, lover mercy, and walk humbly with God. Stop walking around like you are better than everyone else. Walk around and simple be willing to speak to people.
I. Don’t act like you are better than others
1. Must have Humility- Proverbs 8:13: 13The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.-The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. If we humble ourselves under the hand of God, he will exalt us! Ex-If we were to hold our hand in a horizontal position face down, this represents the hand of God covering us. Our problem is that we try to move out from under his hand, because we feel we are not exalted fast enough. We try to step out from under God’s hand and lift our own selves up. God says his hand is face down now because he is covering us. What God wants us to know is he will eventually flip his hand over with us in the palm of his hand and he will begin to lift us up. We will be lifted up or elevated while we are in his hands. All we have to do is to wait. Because we step outside the covering of his hand, we get prideful. God hates pride.
2. We must not be Anxious- Many of us struggle with anxiety. 1 Peter 5:7 says 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.-God says just give me what you can’t handle! God cares too much to watch us go through what we can’t handle. In Matthew 6, God reminds us of this by asking us to look at the lilies of the field. If God takes care of them and they are not able to toil or give him praise, wouldn’t we think God will care for us his children whom he created? Matthew 11:28 says28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.-Stop trying to handle stuff all by yourself. Philippians 4:6 says 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.-We must give our problems and our concerns to the Lord and leave them there. If we take it to the altar and pray about it, then we must leave it at the altar. God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear.
3. We must maintain Sobriety-Here is a bootleg definition for sobriety. To be sober in the world is to be absent of chemical influence on the brain. When we are not sober, then we are out of our mind. We laugh at stuff that ain’t funny, we fall and break stuff, and we get into stuff we are not supposed to handle when we are inebriated. When we are under the influence, we also put others at risk.
a. To be sober spiritually is to be absent of demonic spirits or demonic influences on our mind. The Devil comes in through our eye gate, our ear gate, and out mouth gate. We need our mind to be clear during rough times. If we don’t, before you know it, we are in church tipsy so to speak. We find ourselves under the influence while trying to receive the word. Be sober and don’t let outside sources control your mind.
b. We must be on the Alert. This means to watch. 1 Peter 5:8 says 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: – It is because the devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, then we must be alert. . Remember in the garden? Jesus asked the disciple to watch with him one hour while he prayed. Jesus knew he was about to become vulnerable. He was about to wrestle with his destiny. He asked his father to let his bitter cup pass from him and the bible says he prayed so hard it was if he was sweating blood. He wanted to pray, but he wanted them to watch while he prayed. This is why you have to be careful with the people you have around you. You can’t trust everyone with your vulnerability. Some folk are to sleepy for the job and they will leave you exposed. Remember Jesus says watch with me because I am go to pray and they fell asleep. Guess who was watching while Jesus was praying? The Roman soldiers were coming to arrest him, because Peter was not watching and praying, he took out his sword and cut off the ear of a Roman soldier. . If you don’t do the right thing at the right place and the right time, you will do the wrong thing at the wrong place at the wrong time. Peter is about to getting Jesus killed in a brawl in the garden of Gethsemane, but Jesus destiny was to die on the cross.
c. If the scripture says the devil is like a roaring lion, then you must know how a lion attacks to understand how relevant this really is! Ex-On Animal Planet we can learn a lot about this. Sometimes they have segments where they actually track a lion that is about to attack. They even give the lion a name like “Sasha”. In the setting they may say that Sasha has set her eye on something. They begin to commentate that she (the lion) has set her eye on the weakest gazelle in the pack. Sasha begins to set her plan into action. She begins to slowly creep and stop. There are other gazelles that are closer to her, but she waits until she has the opportunity to attack the weaker one that she has picked out. She sticks to her plan. She knows the one closer to her may be too fast and two strong. She has picked out the weaker one of the flock and she sticks to her plan. The enemy much like this is waiting to attack us. The enemy our adversary is patient. He is a devourer and a taker. He attacks the weak much like the lion. Many of us were vulnerable during the recession. We were weak because we began to lose faith. We must know that our language tips the devourer off about our weakened state. What do you speak, when you are in trouble? Know that God will rebuke the devourer for your sake.
4. Resist the Devil. . 1 Peter 5:9: 9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.-This scripture says we have to resist the devil through our faith. Just because the enemy is after you doesn’t mean you should just give up. You have to get to a point where you become firm in your faith. Galatians 6:9 says 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Romans 8:38-39 says 38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.-Nothing will separate us from the love of God. We are not supposed to change because things around us change. The recession was an opportunity to show the world what we believed in. The bible says that everyone went through trails (in this case being the recession). We all had to take part in the recession, but there were different responses from different people. If we look like the world, then we lose our credibility. Habakkuk 3:17-18 says 17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.- He says no matter if no one else will, he will rejoice in the Lord, because his response is not like the world, our response is like God’s.
5. We must stand firm in our faith. If none else will, we will rejoice. 2 Corinthians 4:8 says 8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; – We can’t respond like everyone else. When everyone else is tripping, we have to be the one that says that God is going to work it out. When we humble ourselves, we cast our cares on him, we keep our mind sober, we be alert, we resist the devil and we we stand firm in our faith.
II. What does God do?
There is a word called eschatology which deals with the study of the end of time. When we see certain text, it suggests that everything will be better when Jesus returns. Dispensational theology deals with times and seasons meaning God will save us in his own time. Soteriology Theology deals with salvation and study of the way God saves us based on past history. When you add Dispensational Theology and Soteriology Theology together, we see God will save us in his own time, after producing in us what is needed to come out of our situation. This way, when our situation comes around again (like the recession) we will be in a different place. In other words, after all the suffering we went through the first time, God will make us perfect meaning mature. James 1:2-4: 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1. God let us suffer so we will grow up. Recession taught us is to stop playing. We had to learn to sow, to tithe, and how to invest during the recession. God was trying to mature us. Our whole value system had to change. We realized that it wasn’t the size of the house. It was instead all about the maturity of the people in the house.
2. God confirms things. God establishes us. Establish means to render unmovable or to fix firmly. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says 58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.- God establishes us. His word is unmovable and because his word is unmovable, we have to be unmovable. God wanted to know if we would still come to church and still be faithful when things are going wrong.
3. God strengthens us. We try to say we are not tired, but we need to know that it is ok to say we are tired. We just have to know where our help comes from. Isaiah 40:31 says 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.2 Corinthians 12:9 says 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -Some of most powerful moments that you experienced with God is when you said you didn’t have strength to go on. Psalm 28:7 says 7The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. – Everyday when we get up, we realize everything we do is done on God’s strength.
4. God establishes us. If your house is built on faith, after all the dust settles from the storm, you will be left “standing”. Colossians 2:6-7 says 6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.- If you claim to be a Christian, just walk in it. Walk in the principles that you have been taught as a Christian. You got these notes you have taken from sermons and you have CD’s from the sermons that you heard, therefore, some of what you learned should show up during rough times. When you can build roots in it, you can be like the palm trees. Palm trees don’t break during hurricanes. The roots are deep as the tree is tall and as a result they just been during hurricanes and storms. Trees often break into pieces during hurricanes. Are we going to be something that breaks or are we going to be something that just bends a little during the storm?
III. What God deserves
1 Peter 5:10-11 says 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
1. Glory-God is revelation to us of who God is in our circumstances. You had a group that said they couldn’t handle it, but there was another group that said they will give him the glory anywhere. Jeremiah 13:15-16 says 15Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. 16Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. -Glory means worship. It is hard to worship, when you are being worshipped yourself. Jeremiah says in verse 16 that God said give him the glory or what we dread happening, will to us again.
2. Dominion-During the recession, the kingdom of world went belly up. We put all our money in the world just to find out how wishy-washy it could be! There will come a time where every knee will have to bow. Psalm 24:2 says 2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. -God is in control. God’s kingdom is greater than this world. God is bigger than a bailout plan. Jesus came that we might have life and have life more abundantly. Our destiny is him.
3. Control- God is in control. Psalm 22:28 says 28For the kingdom is the LORD’s: and he is the governor among the nations. -We all love President Obama, but even he has to get up every morning and get on his knees and pray to God, just like we do.
4. Forever & Ever- Hebrews 13:8 says 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Malachi 3:6 says 6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. -God doesn’t change. We are in the blood line with Jacob, which means we will never be consumed. Ex- Bishop explains that about 7am this morning he was looking at a scripture and he was thinking about what it meant in relation to this series. God said it is so much bigger than that! Jude 1:24-25 says 24Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, -Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling. If we take this scripture and interpret it from the end to the beginning we see it says: See how wise God was, he saved us and we don’t give him the glory. He is in control and has the power forever. He won’t let you fall again. Walk with him and he will keep what happened before from happening again and he will make it like you never fell before.