Quitting is not an option Part 3
What survivors should know
Synopsis of Sermon 9/19/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Know it or not, you are a survivor. People have come to the conclusion about your life. Based on what they see in your life, they minimize your journey, because they don’t understand what it took for you to get where you are. The truth of the matter is, if they knew your testimony, they would handle you a lot better.
What is a Survivor? A survivor is one who lives through affliction. If you lived through affliction and it didn’t get kill you, then you are a survivor. What we have gone through pushed us closer to God. When you been through hell and back, you are through playing games and above being in anybody’s clique. This Psalm that we are in today is called a Pilgrim’s Psalm. What we mean is it would be sung as they went on their journeys. We think David wrote this particular Psalm, but we are not sure. It is written through the sons of Korah. They were people David left in charge of music in the temple.
Somebody reading this came here thinking they couldn’t make it, but know that it is not over until God says so. Know that God is always moving, he has a plan, and revelation for your life.
Lesson that survivors teach us:
I. Pursue his presence
1. We must be in pursuit of God’s presence. The trick of the enemy is to get you to push away from God, but the enemy doesn’t realize that pain will push us right into the presence of God. If you think of your past pain, you will realize that it made you pray harder and seek God harder than you ever did before. In the presence of God, we find satisfaction and completeness.
2. Even the bird has sense enough to know that they need to be close to God. Psalm 84:1-3 says 1How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! 2My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 3Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
3. When we talk about getting in God’s presence, we are not talking about the building where we attend church. When you get into God’s presence, it means to get into his power. What we need is in Him. If we can get into his presence, there is fullness of joy. If you are in the presence of God, you will praise him regardless of the circumstances. We are not on something, we are in something. Psalm 84:4-5 says 4Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 5Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
4. We have to get to a place we are:
a. Satisfied in his presence.
b. We know God is our strength. When in his presence, we recognize that he is our strength. Psalm 84:5-6 says 5Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 6Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. -Remember that this is a Pilgrim Psalm. The Psalmist declares in this scripture that it is good to be in God’s presence while you are on your pilgrimage. You must realize however that you won’t arrive where you are going without going through Baca. Baca was a rough terrain and a difficult place to get through. In order to get to Zion, you must go through it. It is easier to go through Baca in his presence, than in your flesh. If you are not in God’s word, you approach Baca and find yourself wondering why God would let you come all the way out here and not give you resources and water. In other words, you become bitter. You become so disillusioned; you will turn your back on God.
c. You recognize that you have to be resourceful in your Baca.
5. In Baca you realize:
a. It is a rough situation. Conditions are not favorable in Baca. There is no water or food in Baca.
b. You must have the right revelation. When others see it as opposition, you see opportunity
c. You have reality of expectation. Based on what we heard, we expect that something can happen here. We expect God to do something in our situation.
d. You must respond to preparation. Our strength is in God. Why would we need his strength? It is because when we pass through Baca, we have to make a well. This is where we start preparation. We are digging something (the well), because we expect something.
6. Why do we dig the well? It is because we expect manifestation. We expect God to give us what we need. In this case, it is water.
7. In Baca (verse 6), we go where we can’t get any water, but we get revelation. The revelation is that they are passing through it. Somebody else before us got through the same situation we find ourselves in. If they made it through it, then so can we.
8. We receive manifestation. Before you cry out let it rain, give God a well to put it in. If we dig the well, God will send the rain. If you don’t dig anything, you won’t receive anything. Why would God let it rain, if we don’t dig anything to put the rain in? God is not just letting it rain just for you. It is for others. Others will come by and benefit from the well that we dug. We have to dig a well so God can put the rain in.
II. Positioned for his purpose
1. The Psalmist is seeking purpose and direction for his life.
2. In biblical history, there were certain seasons where men would go and journey to Zion. They would stop and rest along the way to regain their strength. This is strength to strength. Psalm 84:7 says 7They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
3. David recognized he was anointed but not in place. Psalm 84:8-10 says 8O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. 9Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 10For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. – You can be anointed but not in place or proper position. When God places you, it is about service. Note: Many of you have heard this scripture (Verse 10) used at a many Usher day services. We are about to give you deeper revelation of it.
4. You have to be willing to give up something to be where God wants you to be. The Psalmist says he rather be in God’s presence. In other words, verse 10 tells us that the Psalmist would rather serve where people didn’t know his name and where he didn’t have a position, than to serve among the wicked. All of us have spent time in the tents of wicked. It is fun on the front end, but fatal at the finish. Ex- The wicked wants to take from you, but God wants to add to you. Just ask the prodigal son. When he lost all that he had, his friends were gone. This is how the wicked will do you. Know that God will stick with you. This is why we fret not ourselves of evil doers… for we will reap if we faint not. . We will serve with tears in our eyes and aches in our hearts. We are not serving for a pat on back.
5. The Psalmist says that you can have tents of the wicked, but one day in his presence is better, is better than 1000 days outside God’s presence. In other words it’s like having a 1000 days in the bed, but not able to get any rest. One day in Christ will give you joy and peace.
III. Praise him for provision
1. God is our security. Zion mentioned in the scripture was a physical place. The Psalmist was dealing with the reality of earth and heaven.
2. Lord means over and sun means revelation. The shield represents the obstacles of our enemy. Psalm 84:11 says 11For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. – This scripture reminds us that God will bring light where darkness is. This is why when the son was on the cross, the sun refused to shine. Where there is no revelation, there is no light. God will shine a light on your dark situation. Like the scripture says, God will be a shield. With all the stuff we go through to get where God wants us to get, know that God blocked some stuff from us. Every survivor that is reading this is here, because God blocked it.
3. Verse 11 says no good thing will God withhold from them that walk upright.
4. It is Gods desire to be benevolent to you. Psalm 84:12 says 12O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.- God doesn’t want to withhold anything from them they at walk upright.
5. Because we are upright, God wants good things to happen to us. Proverbs 28:10 says 10Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. – It is God’s desire to be benevolent to us. No good thing will he withhold from them that walk upright. Righteousness is not determined by you, but it is determined by God. Therefore, we don’t have our own righteousness. What then is good? If God doesn’t think it is good for you, then it must mean that something better is up the road.
6. You got to be:
a. Faithful in the trail -Do what you know to do, while going through the storm.
b. Follow through -No matter what they do to you, we have to be determined to follow righteousness and to follow God.
c. Trust in the Fathers timing – Just because God wants to withhold it and he won’t give it to us when we want, know that if he promised it, he will give it to us. If it is good for you and then God will give it to you. It is coming. Ex– Bishop remembers being in the grocery store. He explains how he needed to pick him up a snack. He decided he would get a health bar. He couldn’t eat it, because he was in line and needed to pay for it first, but he was really hungry. The line was long in this store, because there was only one register open. Bishop explained that there were some people that started arguing and holding up the line. Bishop wants to eat the bar, but he can t eat it until he passes through this situation in this case being the line. In the natural Bishop asked himself, “Why are these people holding up the line?” Spiritually, this is what happens to believers. God is trying to get us to heaven, but we have to go through so much pain and drama it often prevents us from reaching our destination. If you stop obstacles from getting into your way and start letting stuff go, then you will be able to get through.
d. Forever trust God. Psalm 84:12 says 12O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. – Trust God no matter what. Trust him in all that we go through.