Walk in it
Synopsis of Sermon 05/23/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Psalm 37:23-26 says 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. 25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
All of us have raised questions about where we are, where we are going, and what is happening in our life. Whether you know it or not, there is a correlation in all of these questions. The truth is, wherever you are going in life has a lot to do with understanding who you are. You’ll never know where you are until you understand who you are. When you understand who you are, then it really doesn’t matter where you are, because you will be who you are, everywhere. Who we are does not change, because of our context, because we are able to change our context based on who we are. The God in us can transform a whole environment. There are people that are probably sitting next to you right now that need to understand that just by sitting next to you, the atmosphere will be changed for them, just because of who you are.
Identity is important in the life of a believer. Knowing who we are has a lot to do with what God is doing in our lives. If effects how we interpret things and how we see God move. Many of us surrender to the pressures of life, because we look at the wicked and see how fast it seems like that obtain success. This makes us become frustrated and we begin to contemplate that maybe if we did what they did, then maybe we could reach the same heights that they have reached. This is why in a Psalms like this David opens up setting the records straight. He says let’s be clear about who you are in relation to the wicked. In Psalm 37:1-2 David says 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. – In other words you have to know who you are. We are the righteous, God’s chosen people. You have to recognize that God is always doing something in our lives. God has great plans for you whether you know it or not. Regardless of your background, regardless of to what has happened to you, there are some great and awesome things that God is going to do in your life. It is important that you understand this, because many of us are wondering if this is case, why are we here and not there. There is something awesome is going to do in and through you. The devil got the memo of what God was going to do for you and that’s why the devil works over time to try and frustrate you and confuse you. No matter what other people say about you, no matter what is going in your life, know that you have God’s word, conviction, and faith. It is because of this that you have to walk into what God has promised you. We have learned to be insulated within the promises of God. We have learned how to walk into the favor of God. We have learned that even if we have to walk by ourselves at the expense of losing friends, we are going to walk in it! This is the word for some of you today.
This is a relevant word for some of you today. It may be a season where you are all by yourself. For some of you, your back is up against the wall and you really don’t have any other choice, but to walk in this thing. God said tell you this is where the blessing of the Lord lies. It lies in obedience. It lies in your willingness to walk in what you have been taught and to what God has promised you. Psalm 37:23 says 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD… Order in this comes from a military term. In other words, David’s steps have been given specific order. If you have been given orders, there is an acknowledgement of authority that you submit to. You will never submit to someone that you see as your equal. Therefore there is a submission to a greater power. Therefore, we take our authority from someone greater than we are. So then we recognize that our feet have been appointed.
I. Our feet has been appointed
Psalm 37:23 says 23The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
- Before you were born, God was moving strategically in your life. You were born into a process. It didn’t begin when you were born. You were born into God’s process. He was always working something and allowed you to be born at the right time and the right place. When the fullness of time had come, God had already been working with the prophets, but he sent Jesus at the right. This is why Herod wanted to kill Jesus and it is the reason why people didn’t want you to be born. It is too late for them to hate on you now, because God’s got some great things he is going to do in your life. God knows where we need to go in order for us to get what we need. When you are in God’s will, there are no accidents where you are. Each step you take must be ordered.
- There are lessons that we are supposed to get from our steps being ordered.
- It’s about Timing– This means we don’t move until it is the right time to move. Every step we take is with caution under spiritual supervision. If you look back over your life, you would probably notice that every problem you had in the past was because you got ahead of God. You have to know that God has certain timing before he tells us to move. It doesn’t mean God isn’t going to do it. He just wants us to wait until the right time and he will tell you when to move. Somebody reading this is waiting on God to tell them to take the next step. Even if others try to tell you it is the right time, you have to be spiritual enough to lean not to our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge him knowing that he will direct our path.
- Training-When God tells us to take a step; he puts us in a place to make us better. He puts us into a context so that we can be trained. This is why we don’t move when we want to. We move when God tells us to. God will connect us to right people to challenge us and motivate us to get to next level. We want to make certain that where we are going, we are around positive people. This is training.
- Trials-Every step we take, there is a different trial or a different test. God uses these things to see if we are ready for the next step. Some people look at where people have ended up and in our eyes they have arrived at certain levels of success. We conclude that this success has happened over night. Consequently, our way of following in their footsteps is by taking the elevator. Know that these successful people didn’t get where they got by taking the elevator. They got where they are by taking the stairwell. You have to take it one step at a time. You got to come up by working your way up. This is why our kids are so spoiled today. We give our kids too much too soon. We have to teach them if they want something, they have to work for it one step at a time!
- There is purpose for us being where we are. We are where we are, because there is a purpose that called me to this place. God never calls me to a place without purpose being tied to it. How many times have you went into something and there was no purpose in it? This is called labor without purpose. This is the same as slavery. Who volunteers for slavery? If you are working in a place with no purpose, that’s slavery. Working without purpose, fails to produce fruit. Wherever we go we want to make certain that there is purpose tied to it, because our purpose is what sustains us in the place.
- The b portion of Psalms 37:23b says and he delighteth in his way. What makes God’s delight? It is the fact that we bear fruit in the purpose.
- We have a certain Perspective-Where we are is bigger than us. We don’t take the attacks that happen to us personally. We recognize that our purpose is bigger than our selfish agenda. We recognize that this is what God has chosen to do in our life.
- We choose Perseverance-We have chosen to endure stuff that other people are still giving up on. We recognize that if we be not weary in well doing, in due season, we will reap if we faint not. Therefore, we are steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, because we know our labor is not in vain. Every step has been appointed and we do not move until God says so.
II. Your failures have been accommodated
Psalm 37:24 says 24Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
- God has made accommodations for every aspect of our life. God has already thought through this and figured out how it will work out. He even has factored in our foolishness (all the things we might do to mess things up) and made accommodations to allow me still to meet my destiny.
- David says, “Though he falls …” Some may think that they are exempt from falling, but the scripture says all of us have fallen. The experience of doing God’s will and the attacks that come with this is enough to cause us to fall. Even the best of us can fall.
- He makes accommodations for our foolishness. How? He doesn’t allow us not to hurt ourselves. Have you ever fallen and been surprised it didn’t kill you? It is like falling real hard and then checking yourself to see if anything is wrong and saying, “Wow, I survived it”. In other words, you can’t believe no damage was done. God showed up just in time, caught us, and put us back in place. The revelation: It really doesn’t matter how far you have fallen. What matters is where God catches you. Whether you were on a rafter or you were falling from a lower height, a fall is a fall. The height of the fall doesn’t necessarily determine the damage of the fall. The frailty of the fall-ee determines the damage of the fall. Some people fall and we find ourselves saying, “You know that didn’t hurt that bad”, but you don’t know where they were in their life. It doesn’t matter where you were when you fell. The good news is it was grace that softened the blow. He caught me right before I hit. There is greatnesses inside you and God said he will not let you self destruct. You are sitting next to somebody who fell. They will tell you that they can’t believe they are not strung out or tested positive for something thing they knew they should have. All they can tell you is that God caught them in the nick of time. We shout like we do, because we are in the should have been, could have been club. We have lifetime memberships. Could have been me out doors is what we say! Should have been me, locked up! Should have been me talking to myself!
III. Your future has been assured
Psalm 37:25 says 25I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
- God completes what he starts. God never starts something and not complete it. David says I looked over my life and began to reflect in verse 25. For him to say he was young and now he is old means he has scanned his life. It means he has seen his life generationally. He realizes his life has been lived in impacted generations. Davdid says he has seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
- Your offspring benefit from your righteousness. Psalm 37:26 says 26He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. – Both verse 25 & 26 say that your offspring benefit from your righteousness and they benefit from your negative actions. Your decision to obey or disobey is bigger than you. Exodus 34:7 says 7Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. – The wickedness of one generation can impact 3 and 4 generations. You are fighting your grandparent’s afflictions as well as yours. What’s wrong with you can be the result of what was wrong with your grandparents. Something inside of you should say Lord let the curse stop here. Ex-When you say you won’t tithe, what you are saying then is you are willfully disobeying God. God then will willfully send a curse through your blood line that your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will suffer as a result of your disobedience. You are not tithing just for you. You are also tithing for your children’s children. When the scripture says God will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing more than we will have room to receive, it means that we won’t have enough lifetime to benefit from what God does in your life. Therefore, you must leave an inheritance to your children’s children. You will have so much you can’t use it up in your lifetime, so your children’s children have to be blessed. This is why God told Abram in Genesis 22:18 18And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. – Your obedience brings about a blessing in generations to come. When you hear that you never seen the righteous forsaken or seed begging bread, you have to know that we are the righteous of God and our seed (children we birth) will be blessed. You ought to thank God for your praying grandmother and grandfathers, because you are the benefactor of their faithfulness. Ex- Bishop explains he didn’t know he was poor he got grown. The reason is poverty is a mindset not condition. Bishop explained that he thought everyone drank sugar water. He says he thought everyone ate spaghetti 3 times a week. Some of us have forgotten where we come from. In fact we (Mt Zion) walk around in this blessed place because we benefited from our parents and grandparents faithfulness and righteousness.
- There are some promises to the righteousness of God.
- Discernment – No matter what is going on in our life, God discerns what you need. Psalm 34:15 says 15The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. – God discerns everything that goes on in our life. He knows about it and cares about it.
- Development – Psalm 92:12 says 12The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. – Don’t look at me, because now I am a seed. We are thanking God for our “shall be”. We are the righteousness of God.
- Defense – Proverbs 18:10 says 10The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. – When in trouble we know where our help comes from. It is in the name of God. He has a name for everything we go through (Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Shalom, Jehovah Nissi …)
- Deliverance– When we are a child of God, it doesn’t matter what goes on in our life. Our back can be up against the wall and it doesn’t matter. David had murder plots around him, but he said in Psalm 34:19 says 19Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. – Say all of them! No matter what you go through, know that God has the power to get you out of them all. David said I have been young, but now I am old. He said he never seen the righteous forsaken nor seed begging bread. What have you seen? We have seen folk down to last dime, but God made a way for them. We have seen people that the Doctor has given up on, but God healed their body! We have seen folk that people thought weren’t going to amount to anything, but we have seen God use them and raise them up to levels of prominence and prosperity! We have seen people go through tragedy, just for God to turn it into triumph! If you knew what God did in my life, you would never doubt what God can do in your life. We have never seen the righteous nor the seed begging bread! Whatever God promised you, walk in it! Whatever God promised you, walk in it! You won’t walk by yourself, because he will walk with you if you are in the valley of the shadow of death. Grandma says he walks with me and talks with me and tells me I am his own. Be not dismayed whatever betide, God will take care of you. What he’s done for others, he’ll do the same for you! Walk in it! Your steps are ordered by God!