Life in perspective Pt 2
A word while you are waiting
Synopsis of Sermon 12/13/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
There is an incredible tension among all of us that is tied to our expectation. The tension is our expectation against God’s timing. We know God has made us promises. The challenge is in waiting for God to deliver. The promises of God remain yeah and amen. They are given to us through obedience. As a Christian, it is our responsibility while waiting on the promise of God, we must do good. Regardless to how people act to us, we are instructed to turn the other cheek and pray for those who despitefully use us. We are instructed to love those that are unlovable. Sometimes the best of us struggle with this. This is hard because when we try to do well, evil is on every hand. We do this because we love God. We realize that we are ambassadors for God in the earth realm. We literally understand what we are expected to do for good. Our expectation gives rise to our toleration. We are able to tolerate things because of our level of expectation. We would not do it, if we were not expecting something. We would have told that person off if we were not expecting something. We would have acted a fool in this situation or that situation if we weren’t expecting something. All of us come to place where we get tired. Corporate fatigue sets in. God wanted this message preached because resident in the pews today is a spirit of fatigue and weariness. Paul shares a word just like this with the church of Galatia. It is a twofold message. One is to remind them of their responsibility as Christians to represent the Christ they proclaim and second to look at his life (Paul’s life) as an example of how to hand life at a time of struggle.
In Galatians 6:9 it says 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.-There is a season where Satan wants us to faint. He wants to destroy us before our destiny manifests in our life. He knows if he can frustrate us, then he can retard the process of what God wants to do in and through us. The fact that God would send a word like this at this particular time should be confirmation to you that you are close to what God has promised you! The devil knows it is his last chance and this is why he is trying to throw everything that he can at you right now to try and take you out. We come to tell you to wait on it! Don’t compromise with devil. Wait on it! Don’t break down your standard, wait on it! No matter how long it takes he might not come when you want him to come, but he is always on time.
I. Learn to be faithful beyond your frustration
1. You have got to manifest spiritual maturity. Paul speaks this trying to get his church to grow up. Problems are inevitable. There are reasons people get weary. One is your flesh. Your flesh will wear you down. You spirit is willing but you flesh is tired. 2 Corinthians 4:15-16 says 15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[a] being renewed every day. –When your outward man grows, your inward man is renewed day by day. There is no way a child of God can fulfill their assignment in the kingdom of God in their flesh. You must move to the spirit of God and recognize that it is the anointing of God. In Luke 4:18 Jesus says 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, – Jesus says he was not doing this in his flesh. He explained he was doing it in his spirit. All the stuff we deal with, we have just gotten tired. When you are hungry or tired, Satan uses this as an avenue to frustrate you. He wants to make the thing that God intended to bless you become a burden to you. Your flesh is a mess.
2. There are folk who are reading this right now that has gotten tired of fighting. They have to fight on every hand. It’s not that you mind fighting. You just need a break every now and then. 1 Timothy 6:12:12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses. -Fight the good fight of faith. Never let the devil rob you of your fight. Some of you act like you forgot how to fight. As Christians we don’t forget how to fight. We just change our weapons.
3. Struggling to produce fruit. What gives validation to our profession as a Christian is our ability to produce fruit. We are tired of having to produce. Every time you show up you have to constantly create or bear fruit. This makes you tired too. Ex-Bishop explains that when he was going through with the death of his wife, the congregation still wanted to receive a word. Regardless to what you are going through, people who look up to you want you to show up and produce. There is an amount of pressure connected to having to produce. This is why you have to learn the power and greatness of your purpose. You must be faithful to your purpose. Galatians 6:9 says 9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not – Don’t give up what God has assigned you to do. You have to realize that your purpose is greater than your pain. If you find yourself complaining, you have allowed the enemy to minimize your contribution to the kingdom. God never promised you the road would be easy, but he did promise that he would be with you and walk with you through what you go through.
4. Validation that your are faithful through your frustrations:
a. You will always have peace- Philippians 4:6-7 says 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -We give God glory for peace. No matter what frustration comes in our life, God will give us peace. We might not live where you live or drive what you drive, and might not wear what you wear, but we have peace!
5. Your ability to be productive-This is other evidence that you have been faithful past your frustration. You are constantly productive.
a. 7 steps to productivity
i. You have to put God first- Remember the bible say seek the Kingdom of Heaven first and all these things will be added.
ii. Establish structure and order-We have to get the clutter out of our life.
iii. Firm commitment to solid foundational principles. – This is the principles that we stand on.
iv. Must create an environment conductive of perpetual growth, development, and creativity. – You got to get trifling folk out of your life and be around people that can stimulate creativity, development, and growth.
v. Plan and implement strategies for abundance-Productivity is not just doing something. We want the thing to be successful. Since God goes from glory to glory then everything we put our hand to must go from glory to glory.
vi. Implement a management system to sustain productivity. We start out well, but we don’t have a management system to keep us productive. You have to have something that will keep you growing. Something that keeps motivating you.
vii. Learn how to preach to self. Incorporate a regimen of rest. Recognize if you work hard you can rest harder.
6. Your Presence. If you can still show up, you are a blessing. Ex-Bishop explains he never did well on pop test in a certain class, but he got good grades over all. He explained that he got extra credit because of his attendance which offset his short fall on pop quizzes he didn’t do well on. You don’t realize who is sitting with you. Somebody is sick, laid off, and believing God for a breakthrough. They are expecting extra credit because they are still showing up!
II. Focus on the facts
1. Focus is hard. Some people are so distracted; they have to be pulled back into focus. The enemy loves to distract us. Paul says shift your focus and remember that the scripture says, in due season.
2. Due season is a period of time that God operates and chooses to bless you. Due seasons suggests a due date. The due date is always in the hands and the control of the owner. When you borrow money, you are not in charge of due date. The lender is. God is in control of the due date. Just because God doesn’t tell you the due date, it doesn’t’ mean there isn’t a due date. The due date is not tied to our time and realizing this lets us know it will come. 2540. Kairos – is an indefinite period of time or eternity 5550. Chronos –is our sense of time. Some of us are tied to chronos, our time. If we were to take some people’s phone, you would think we were taking their oxygen. Their schedules and numbers and appointments are all in the phone. We are so restricted to our time (chronos) we couldn’t live without our phone. In our lives, we are enslaved to our calendars and due dates. Job wrestled with this in Job 7:1: 1Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? are not his days also like the days of an hireling?
3. Is there a due date? Job 14:5 says 5Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; – God knows when we will be born and when we will die. Job 14:13-14 says 13O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! 14If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. – In verse 13, Job asks the Lord to hide him. In verse 14, Job asks if a man dies, will he live again. He also says he will wait until his change comes. This sounds good if we knew how long “until” was…When God gives to us, it is in “due season”.
In due season we find:
a. Prophetic evidence-Faith is the evidence. The date is prophetic.
b. . Proper ethic-This is by doing while we are waiting for our blessing to come. It is sort of the same principle as the Santa Claus theology. If you are naughty, you won’t get the gift. The problem is, most of us are nice until we get the gift. After we get the gift, we become naughty again. When you can be nice just because it is right and you can be good just because it is right that’s called righteousness and your ethic is not attached to God doing. If God don’t do it, I will still do right.
c. Posture of expectancy-the promise of God comes when there is a cosmic collision. It is when there is a divine interruption between due time and the manifestation of the promise in my life. In God’s word, he has over 3000 promises. That means Satan has to throw at least 3000 distractions to get our mind off of the 3000 promises. All a child of God needs is just one promise to get them through. Hebrews 6:13 says 13For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Numbers 23:19 says 19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?, Hebrews 6:18 says 18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:- We have to learn to trust the promises of God. No good thing will God withhold from them that walk upright. He promises that if we bring the tithe into the storehouse he will open the windows of heaven and pour us out a blessing that we won’t have room enough to receive. He promised that we will be like a tree planted by the river that brings fruit in your season. He promised by his strips we are already healed. He promised that he will supply all of our needs! All a children of God needs is one promise.
III. Fight to the finish
1. We have generation that is good on starting, but we do not know how to finish. Some of us are already thinking about what you are going to do in 2010. We said 2010 is going to be our year. We said we were going to do the same thing in 2009. Paul says we will reap if we faint not. Reaping is a result of perseverance.
2. To persevere you:
a. You have to plant. You can’t reap if you don’t plant.
b. You have to sow while you are preserving. You can’t reap if you don’t plant or sow anything. Galatians 6:7 says 7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.- Keep shouting over nothing. You can’t reap if you don’t sow.
c. You got to serve. Perservance is about service. It is about doing something for somebody else and not just yourself. It is about being loyal. It is about blessing people while your blessing is on the way. You see people blessed, it is because they served. Matthew 23:11 says 11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.- Learn how to serve.
d. You got to be spiritual-You can’t be like everyone else. Be spiritual. If you are spiritual, you shouldn’t pop pills to go to sleep and pop pills to get up! You can’t be dropping it like it’s hot and cursing and everything that everyone else does. You are spiritual waiting on the promises of God.
e. Know that the weapons of warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God pulling down strongholds. Spiritual people don’t pout while it is coming. We must praise God while the blessing is on the way. We must praise God before it is released on our life. Our fight is in our praise. David went through this. In Psalm 102:1-11 David writes. 1Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. 2Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. 4My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread. 5By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin. 6I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. 7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. 8Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. 9For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping. 10Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. 11My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. 12But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. 13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.-David says he needs an answer. He said he is in pain and people don’t’ realize how much pain he is in. He said he is in so much pain, he is himself sick. In verse 6 he says he feels out of place. Verse 7-8 says that his enemies are against him. Verse 10-11 he says he doesn’t know if God is blessing him or cursing him. In verse 12, he says he recognizes that he might not know what God is up to, but we realize he is still God. Verse 13 he says he realize that God is coming at a set time which has come.
Preaching to a text:
We opened up preaching from a text, but now let’s preach to a text. Ex- There was this Mother had 3 children. Things were very bad for her around this time of year. They didn’t have clothes nor food to eat. She got frustrated, because whe didn’t have money to buy them clothes for her kids nor toys for her children. She decided because she could not provide for them that she would go home and take them out first and then herself. The kids got wind of it and ran out the house. When they hear their mother coming up the steps, they jumped out the window and ran to grandmother’s house to escape. After not finding them, the Mother decided she wanted to take her life. She took pills and woke up strapped to bed. The nurses wanted to know what drove here to this wanting to kill her kids and herself. Grandmother comes to sign some papers on her behalf and the doctors asked what could have drove her (her daughter) to this state. Grandmother said that she had been struggling and was frustrated that she could not buy the kids clothes that they needed. Grandmother said what she didn’t know is that while she was out, Grandmother had bought clothes and toys and was going to surprise her by filling her closest, but the Mother took these pills. Grandmother said if the woman had just looked in the closet she would have known that she had a surprise for her and everything would have been alright. Here’s where we preach to the text. Matthew 6:6 says 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.- I know you are tired, I know you are frustrated, but the answer is in your closet. If you would just spend time in your closet you will realize that God has a surprise for you in your closet! He might not come when you want him, but he is always on time!
- Dora on The Joshua Generation, “It’s time”, Sermon 08/01/10
- Dora on The Joshua Generation, “It’s time”, Sermon 08/01/10
- Dr Charles Jones on From Tears to a testimony, Sermon 3.19.17
- growintheword on Just a thought
- growintheword on Just a thought