Putting your life in order II
Synopsis of Bible Study 01/14/15
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
All of us at some point are challenged in this area of faithfulness. The truth is, most of us are good at starting. There is no shortage when it comes to finding starters, but the problem is finding finishers. Phil 3:12-14 says 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.-The goal is what we are after. If you don’t have any goals, then you have no focus, and if you don’t have focus, you can’t be faithful.
Why is being faithful this important?
1 Cor 15:58 says 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Immovable in this text assumes something. Assuming there is an attack on a person of God; Satan tries to initiate a plan to uproot you from where you are planted. As a result, we have to recognize how important being in a particular place really is. Ex-
- You have to be faithful about going to your destination – Origination is the place where you start your journey. In between the origination and destination, you have to know that there will be expected and unexpected challenges. These things will either strengthen you or break you. You will have to realize that there are some things you can’t control. If you are going to be faithful along the way, be aware that the devil is going to try to knock you off your path.
- The vehicle used to get you to your destination is called purpose. – The person without purpose is aimlessly wandering, because their destination is not there.
- Every move I make in between must be ordered by God. – For example it may say, “Don’t go there, go here…!”
- The scripture says be steadfast and immovable.- This means don’t leave the road to destiny. The work of the Lord is purpose. Whatever challenges or wrecks I have between my origination and destination, I have to know that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and are called to his purpose.
Example: You’re in your car, on the way to Memphis (your destination). You get to Jackson TN and have car trouble and you pull over. You find yourself sitting there looking at your situation, on the way to destination. Somebody pulls up in a nice car smelling good and looking good and they say, you don’t need to be on side of road, and then they offer to take you where you are about to go.
Now they offer you to take you to your destination, but they say they have to stop by Atlanta first, so now you are headed in a direction that is opposite of your destination. Because something was attractive to you, you took the route that took you away from destination. You are still going to head back to your destination, but because you backtracked or made a detour, your arrival to your destination is delayed. When you are on the path, sometimes life crashes in on you.
Revelation of the example: The devil sent people to you that look good and who offered you a way out at your point of vulnerability. As a result, you wound up going contrary to your destination. The only people that can be faithful to you are people that are headed where you are going. Don’t allow people to allow you to miss your blessing, by delaying your journey to your destination.
Being Faithful is the ability to hold your course
Here are some indicators of someone who is not faithful:
- Unbridled ambition – An example of this would be a person that cheats about the hours they report that they worked.
- Deception – This person always has some kind of hidden agenda.
- Pride – This person will display prideful and boastful personalities.
- Persecution – This person likes to get even.
What does a faithful person look like?
- Demonstrates compassion: They genuinely care for others.
- Manages money well: They are good stewards.
- Operate with integrity: The display godly values. They keep their word.
- Obedient to God: They study and follow God’s word. If you are faithful to God, you make time to do it.
- Faithful people are followers: Know that the Disciples had issues, but they followed Jesus. Jesus’ criteria for following him was simply to take up your cross and follow him. In other words, all you have to do is to deny yourself and follow him.
What is your level of faithfulness in following?
Here is an opportunity to grade yourself. Give yourself a percentage in each category below and note that together they should total 100%.
- Is your faithfulness causal? (Resolve without forethought). _____
- Coerce – under pressure? (In other words, were you pressured into being faithful)? _____
- Cunning – hidden agenda? (Some people have an agenda for getting close to you for example). _____
- Camaraderie – “I will if you will” (Faithfulness shouldn’t be a deal or with conditions) _____
- Calculated – Carefully thought-out; a quality decision (In other words, I am emotionally, spiritually, and physically present). _____
Note: Must equal 100%
Faithful people are focused
- Jesus demonstrated this when he was left behind in the temple teaching. Luke 2: 48 – 50 says 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49 And He said to them, ” Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
- We do things according to His word – Jesus began to have contemplation, but regardless of his destination, He wanted God’s will to be done. Matt 26:39 – 39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ” O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
- Anything that is a threat to your destination, you must remove it.
Name 3 things that are a threat to your destination. Note: sometimes it could be yourself.
Faithful vs. foolish
In the pursuit of faithfulness, it would be a good idea to do lot of psychological analysis on the New Testament characters. Study Paul for example, when you want to know about ways of church, but if you want to study the weight of ministry, you got to study Peter. Peter never fit a mold. You would not think he walked with Jesus by the way he came off. Peter was very rambunctious. He had his mouth in drive, and his brain and park. He tried to self-proclaim himself as the Chairman of the disciples. He spoke out of order often. He offered random stuff all the time, but Jesus loved him despite his foolishness. Jesus even told him that the devil wanted to sift him like wheat one occasion, but he prayed for him that his strength failed not. How can a man walk 3 yrs with Jesus and still keep a switch blade? To sum it all up, Peter made foolish distinctions, but he knew who Jesus was when Jesus asked him who he was and on this foundation, he built the church.
Despite is all, Peter was faithful. You got people like this that are saved, but they do foolish stuff. You want them around, but hope they don’t do anything stupid. Peter is the one who will later defend Pentecost. He denied the Lord, but still Jesus put Peter back on the path after he had left it. When people thought the disciples were drunk, Peter corrected them and showed them that it was the Holy Ghost. He moved from foolish to faithful.
Learn how to be faithful with little?
- Money don’t change people, it enhances who you were before you got it. Luke 16:10 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much
- If you can’t be faithful and follow someone else’s vision, how is God going to give you vision. Luke 16:11-12- 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
- Don’t despise small beginnings. This could be God testing your faithfulness. You might have a hooptie, but take care of it and keep it clean, just like it was a BMW. You have to be a good steward over what God has already given you, before you can expect more. Ex- Bishop explains how when he first started Pastoring, he was preaching to just 50 members, but he preached like was preaching to thousands people. If you can’t walk with the footman, how you going to run with the horses?
- Know that your needs are met in direct proportion to your faithfulness.
Learn how to be faithful to God
- Know that it is never God, it always us. 1 Cor 1:9 says 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. , 2 Thess 3:3 says 3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.,
- All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.,
- Gal 5:22 says 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
- Psalms 98:3 says 3 He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
- Psa 119:90 says 90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
- Lam 3:23 says 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. – Great is His faithful.
- Gal 1:23 says 23 But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.”- don’t let things pull you away
Don’t allow anything to separate you from God
- Roman 8:38-39 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Nothing will separate me from God. We are completely convinced that no life circumstances, will ever disconnect us from Him that gives me life.
- Congregation dynamics – Bishop explains how people may think that their Pastor is looking at them during the service. The truth is, they are trying to determine what is going on with you. When the Pastor looking at you, he is praying for you over things that are revealed to him about you from God. For example, Pastors can tell when people have gotten hooked up with a new boo. They get booed up with somebody that they thought was going to be faithful and they end up not. Then the next thing you know, they back at the altar singing, “I give myself way”, but this is far from the truth. What they really are doing is giving God what’s left over. Let nothing separate you form God. God gave you something, be good steward over it. Don’t let jobs, relationship, school, or anything else that separates you from God. Do you think God would give you something to make you less faithful? How much can God give you, before you become unfaithful? God knows where you are and he will bless you in accordance to your
- Matt 25:23 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. ‘
- Closing example: Bishop asks if anyone purchased a new car this year. A lady comes forward and Bishop asks for her keys. The lady put the keys to her new car into Bishop’s hands. Bishop explains that this lady did this, because of the trust she has for her Bishop. Bishop explains that he could get into her car and tell her he will bring it back later. While he has her car, he could leave a bag of drugs under her seat, he could scrape a car with her car, and maybe even allow a rock to fly up and crack her windshield. Bishop could also leave food and fries under her seat. As Bishop hands her keys back to her, Bishop could be all excited while thanking her for allowing him to use her car. When she looks at her car, she notices that Bishop has given her car back in worse shape than she gave it to him and he had the audacity to shout (excitingly) about it. The lady probably feels violated and unappreciated. She can’t fathom how Bishop can act like he hasn’t done anything.
- Just like the example above, God says “I gave you a body to use and you’re going to bring your body like this? You going to sleep around with this body, fill it full of junk, and bring it back in worse shape than I gave it to you? And what about the house I gave you? Look how you treated it! “At the end of the day, it is about what you accumulate in Christ. After using what He gave you, you should want to hear him say, “Well done my good and faithful servant!”
Say to yourself, “From this day forward, I vow to be faithful to everything God entrusts in my hands and everything that is a threat to my destination, shall be moved”.