The Joshua Generations Part II
Didn’t I tell you?
Synopsis of sermon 8/8/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Text: Joshua 1:8-9 says 8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 9Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Bishop Walker begins by explaining that there were 10 siblings in the house he grew up in. All the siblings were given specific instructions not to play with a certain tree. There was one rebellious child in the midst of the 10 siblings and that one child was Bishop Walker. Bishop explains that he kept on climbing this particular tree. One day, Bishop found himself on the ground lying on his back with dirt in his mouth and grass in his hair. He thought he had broken every bone in his body. There was a branch in the tree that gave way causing Bishop to fall out of the tree. Bishop’s Mother ran to his aide, but Bishop remember hearing his father say, “Leave him alone! “ Suddenly Bishop’s Dad leaned over and said to him, “Didn’t I tell you?” This concept is true in the spirit too. We make bone headed decisions and God says to us, “Didn’t I tell?” One of the most important lessons for the success of a believer is obedience. The Bible says 1 Samuel 15:22 says 22And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.-This scripture reminds us that obedience is better than sacrifice. This is important, because the Lord speaks to this Joshua Generation again about the importance of walking in his commandments and fulfilling their destiny. Many of us as we reflect over our lives can tell that there has been a series of errors that can be attributed to the fact that we had forsaken God’s word. Israel’s ancestors came to understand, while they were coming out of Egypt, that when God speaks a command, your very existence and destiny can depend on your ability to adhere to what God says. After a series of trial and error, Israel finally got it.
We have to be patient with people when you see them continually making mistakes, because sometimes it just takes trial and error for some us to finally get it right. We just didn’t arrive where we are today. We made some mistakes. The good news is God was patient enough to let us work out our salvation. The children of Israel were directed that they must walk in the principles of their ancestors in order for them to have success. One of the challenges of this generation was for them to remember what got them where they were. This however, was a generation that had diluted the word of God and moved further and further away from God. If it was good enough for our parents and our grandparents, then it has to be good enough for us. We need to realize that what worked way back then, will work now. What God has spoken in your life already, in a real sense is saying “didn’t I tell you?.” Every blessing, lesson, and warning, was for this moment. God was trying to tell us. What God was trying to tell the children of Israel and what he is trying to tell us is if we are going to walk in obedience, we must first have the right priorities.
- Right priorities
Matthew 6:33 says 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – God speaks to Joshua about his need to become one with his word. There has to be connectivity between God’s word and the way we walk it out. Know that you will never be where you need to be until you understand the power in being united with God’s word. Being united with God’s word can change your life and prospective.
How does it do this?
- Departs from your mouth– We live by what comes out of our mouth. Everything God created came out of his mouth first. He spoke it. When we hear the word, we regurgitate it, and then we speak it which releases stuff into the atmosphere. The bible reminds us that Life and death is in the power of tongue. Know that your destiny is in your mouth. You have to say, “Lord, let me become one with your word.”
- This makes us have.
- Spirit of confession– This is where we release good things into the atmosphere. Every time we speak, the word of God should be coming out of our mouths.
- Daily meditation– We must develop an appetite for God’s word. How does this come to pass? An appetite of God’s word is a result of appreciating God’s word. Having an appetite is like working out. Ex- In January, Bishop explains he was at one size. Now he is 35 pounds lighter. He explains that what motivates him is what he sees when he looks in the mirror. He sees the results of his diet and exercise and it motivates him to go further. Just like this, when we see the results of God’s word, we will realize that we can’t live without it. We are motivated to keep on growing in the word.
- Principles we should consider:
- Invest in Christian resources – We must have a bible that we can read and understand. What material do you invest in to build your faith? 2 Timothy 2:15 says 15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
- Be intentional about attending church regularly – Bishop explains that when he grew up, there was a drug problem in his family. His parents, drug him to church Hebrews 10:25 says 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching and Jeremiah 3:15 says 15And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
- Incorporate a consistent regimen– Everything you do consistently, becomes a habit. If you invest in spiritual things, just like in the world, it becomes a habit. Psalm 1:2 says 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. – We have to involve ourselves in spiritual things daily.
- Defines our morality– God’s word is our primary source for living. Our morality is not defined by congress or cultural standards. We walk in what God’s righteousness says. We must learn to do what is written in God’s word.
- Revelation of his promise
Joshua 1:8 says 8This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
- It is one thing to hear God’s word, but we must also be willing to do. Learn to do what God’s word says to do. Remember God’s voice saying, “I told you”. Perhaps it was the time you were so stubborn, you wouldn’t pay your tithe and your finances got all jacked up. You could hear the voice of the Lord saying, “I told you!”
- Obedience positions us for the blessings of the Lord. There are amazing things God wants to do for us, but we must remember what God told us. When we walk the way wants us to, he will give us opportunity.
- People get frustrated with lack of opportunities. To make your way prosperous (as mentioned in the text) is God putting us in a position to be blessed. There are opportunities, regardless to what man does. God can make a yes when there is a no.
- The promise of God is always tied to:
- Covenant– This is an agreement between two people. God always operated in covenants throughout the bible. Two people have to share in a covenant. God says he has held up his end of the bargain and now he wanted the children of Israel to hold up their end. God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt (God’s end of the bargain) as he promised. Jeremiah 3:14 says 14Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: – Even when we messed up, God kept his covenant with us. Like the father with the prodigal son, who went away, his father still embraced him when he returned back home. 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?
- Strategic connections– God will providential connect you to the right people at the right time to get you what you need. God moves behind the scenes to connect us to the right people. Luke 6:38 says 38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. – This means as you give, God will make someone bless you. For with the same measure that you give, it shall be measured to you or given back to you. This is why you should speak to folk that you sit beside you at church. You never know who is holding your blessing.
- Convenient– There are some things in the last season of your life that you struggled to deal with. God says he will make it easy for you in this season. So easy it will blow your mind. This is a season of overcoming. You have struggled long enough.
- This is about success – What is this success (it’s like the worlds success)?
- i. It is a God thing and not just a good thing.
- ii. It guarantees grace-When we do what God calls us to do, he gives the ability to carry it out. When you are in God’s will with good success, he will give you the grace to do it. The world can have success, but they become stressed out and can’t sleep at night and everything else. They don’t have the peace or grace with it. Ex- Bishop explains that God gives him the grace to do what he does. For example, Wednesday night, Bishop explains how he was in Buffalo, New York preaching. He was picked up at 5:15am the next morning. Thursday they went to Chicago and ended up in Los Angeles. He preached in Riverside California Thursday night where he finished about 9pm. He was on a plane by 11pm that same night. He flew all night to get back to Nashville by Friday. He got back at 7:30am Friday morning. He had some interviews to do and he came to the Youth Conference Friday night. Ran out Saturday and done some things and will preach 4 services Sunday. He turns right around and has to go to Lexington, KY Monday and Tuesday. He explains he has to do 3 bible studies Wednesday. The point is God gives Bishop the grace to do what he does. God gives you the grace to do what you do too. It is about a God thing.
- When it is of God, it will:
- Grow beyond your generation- If it is of God, it keeps going past your lifetime.
- Gives God the glory- You shall have good success.
- When it is of God, it will:
- Learn to rejoice in his presence.
Joshua 1:9 says 9Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
- Israel had to be reminded as God was with Moses, he would be with them. When you are child of God, know he has your back. God says be strong and be of good courage.
- To do what God requires of us, we must have strength. It comes from resistance and pressure. Pressure and resistance is the only way that you will build muscles. Old people used to pray strengthen me where I am week. If you think about it, when you look back over your life, aren’t you stronger than you were a few yrs ago. You are stronger due to the resistance and pressure that you endured.
- We must not be fearful. Either we are going to have faith or we are going to have fear. God’s presence with you can handle anything you have coming at you. God wants us to dwell in is omnipotence and his omnipresence. He will dwell with us where we are and he has the power to back it up. Ex-Some of you have On-star on your car. If you press a button, you even don’t have to tell On-star where you are. They already know where you are. All you have to do tell them what you need and give you your code. God is the same. He already knows where we are. All we have to do is ask for his help. God is our on-star.
- God is:
- He is a burden bearer– He helps us to be able to withstand our burdens.
- He is our best. We are never lonely. He is the best thing that has ever happen to us! When we look at how people treat us, he is the best friend we can have.
- He is a beacon. – He gives us direction and shows us where to go. The steps of good man are ordered by the Lord.
- He is a bridge– He is a bridge over troubled water. When the water is rough, God will be bridge over it so you want to get caught up in it.
- He is a balm– This means God is a healer. When sickness comes, he heals us.
- He is a blocker -He blocks stuff from us that we didn’t know was coming. When the devil conspired against us, God blocked it! When unemployment tried to suck us in, God blocked it!
- He is a blessor- Every time we turn around, he keeps on blessing us. He blesses our coming in and going out! He blesses us in the city and the field. Didn’t I tell you that no good thing will he withhold from you… All things work together for the good of them that are called according to his purpose. If God be for you, he is more than the world against. Neigh in all things, he is more than a conqueror. Didn’t I tell you, he knows the thought he thinks toward you! We are praising him, because of what he told us and promised us! Didn’t I tell you?