Sermon Notes 3.10.13
Delivered by Bishop Walker
Psalms 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.
We understand God by a variety of experiences. We hold on to these things, because these things keeps us connected to God. God takes us through experiences and trials because it is necessary. How would you know God is a healer if you’ve never been sick? How would we know God is a provider, if we have never been broke? Through our rough situations, we found insight about our spiritual fortitude and this matured us and made us who we are while preparing us to get to our promise. It is through this process of Baca that you get to your there.
The valley of Baca was a passage way to the hills where Israel’s city of refuge was located. People would be weary when they traveled through Baca, but they came through seeking refuge. The refuge of God was the there. Baca was a dessert land with vipers, wild animals, and dessert conditions, but there were wells there too.
It was hard to go through this valley of Baca, without suffering. This is why it was also called the valley of tears. This place WOULD make you cry! Many of you may be in the valley of tears right now and you are trying to get to your there. Know that Baca is not your destiny, but your there is!
I. Inevitable Situation
Everyone must go through this valley. Though this area was, dreaded, it was necessary to get to where you were trying to go.
Conditions of Baca:
a. Dusty – This was a dusty place. Many of you right now, are in this tough place. Like the dust from the dessert like Baca, spirits try to attach to you while you go through this place.
b. Disorienting– It is a place difficult to navigate. Ex– You are almost out of debt and then you end up right back where you started. Just when you think you on your way out, you find yourself in the same situation.
c. Dry – Everything has dried up. Your wonderful relationship full of zeal has dried up. Some of you might not want to admit you’ve been to Baca, but know that if you are in Baca, you are in transient.
D. Transient– It won’t be here much longer. You are just passing through. This is not your place of destiny. the devil wants you to think you will stay there, but know that you are just passing through. Don’t send me mail in Baca, because by the time the package gets here, I will be gone! I almost gave up, but the hand of God pulled me through!
Since I have to go through Baca with the rough terrain, the wild animals, and vipers, what then am I supposed to do while I am in Baca?
II. Got to have the ingenuity to survive
You don’t have to stay there and accept things as they are. You have to move. There is a great amount of ingenuity in you.
Inside you is:
a. Thirst– Baca will make you thirsty. You making it out of Baca will depend on you getting your thirst quenched while you are in there. Like those that found themselves in Baca, many of us thirst for revelation, the word, and a breakthrough!
b. Transform– All the things you have gone through, even your Baca experience, was necessary to show you the power that you have. You can either whine or you can work! You can choose to be depressed or you can dig you a well. According to scripture, they dug wells while in Baca. We have to learn to make the best out of a bad situation in Baca. Stop complaining about how bad it is in Baca and learn to be creative.
III. Develop Good Resources
You got to develop good resources in Baca. The word is part of your resources. This is why you don’t have time to be entertained. The word that you receive is your life line. You came here (or you are reading this) because you need a word.
a. Ground – This is good ground. It might be rough in your finances or on your job or in your school, but know that you are digging in your faith. When you give God glory, if you dig your well, God will deal the rain.
IV. Delivers rain by grace
If you have faith to dig a well, the rain will come from God’s grace. God will supernaturally bring rain into your situation. God will give you the strength to get through the rest of the valley and through this rain. God is sending a rain to come and bless your life right now. He is about to fill your well.
Vs 7- In this verse, we see them going from strength to strength. Each one appears before God in Zion. Just like these people, God has a revelation for your life.
How did we go from strength to strength?
a. Baca increased my strength -The strength you got while going through Baca was for a reason. It is an indicator of where God is about to take you. In Baca, you were released to what God was preparing you for (or where He was about to take you).
God is getting you ready. Set your eyes on where God is taking you to. The devil made a mistake and let you get away and get this word today!
You go through Baca, a place of weeping and rough terrain and it is believed that this is the place that leads to the temple or place of refuge. The only way to get to your promise is to go through this dry place, with wild animals and vipers. God says he will not move until you move! God gave you ingenuity! Dig a well and God will do what you can’t do.
Now you dug a well and God sent the rain. vs 7- I thought I was strong before Baca, but in Baca, I was convinced show nuff that I am strong now! Each one appears before God in Zion. Everyone that made the pilgrimage through Baca, got to their destination. Everything God promised you, know that you will get. You will make it to where he promised you. Know that you will get married, know that you will graduate, and know that you will get that job! You will get what God promised when you get out of Baca!