Past, Present and Promise

April 25, 2013

And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.  2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;  3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.  5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:1-5

 

Get ready to enter into the destiny God has ordained for your life. We find Joshua, God's set man leading the children of Israel into their promise land.  Moses, Joshua's predecessor and mentor

led the children of Israel out of Egypt and through the Red Sea.  The crossing of the Red Sea symbolizes an outward deliverance from others but crossing the Jordan symbolizes an inward deliverance from ourselves.     

 

We have all experienced the good, the bad and the ugly along the way. Our PAST gives us the realization that God has been gracious toward us while our PRESENT allows us to join in the celebration that God is good and His PROMISE motivates us toward preparation for entry into our destiny. The reality is God has been preparing you since your birth. Are you ready to enter in? If so, allow me to share a few nuggets of truth from the opening text.

 

1.  Leader that Leads (v.1) - you need a God ordained leader in your life. A person who rises early in the morning to seek the heart of the Father and is able to teach, train and trust others. Their interest is in advancing the kingdom by leading God's children into their destiny. These leaders will know how to camp before they cross to consider the will of the Father. 

 

2.  Pursue the Presence (vs.2-4) - you must learn how "to go after it" while respecting it.  You cannot allow anything and anyone to separate you from the presence of God.  At the same time you cannot become so familiar with the presence that you loose respect and reverence.  It's the presence that will lead you to and through places you have never been before. 

 

3.  Learn how to rule well (v.5) - In order for the Lord to do wonders in your life, you must learn how to conquer those things that have conquered you. It will take submitting to the word and Spirit of God to develop the fruit of temperance (self control) within your life. Sanctification is not an option.     

 

As you take heed to these truth's, you will experience a turn around and entry into His promises for your life.   

  
Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric    

The Art of Withdrawal

April 12, 2013
Jesus himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed. One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick.  Luke 5:16-17 KJV
  
Last week we learned that God has a specific plan for our lives and He wants us to rule well. Prior to moving ahead with the plan God has for us, we must learn the art of
withdrawing from our usual activities of life and being with Him. From a military analogy, we must have a spiritual retreat in order to prepare for our next spiritual advance.
  
In the opening text and throughout scripture, Jesus withdrawal for a time of prayer unto God provides a pattern worthy of emulating. Withdrawal simply means not available, to take something away or no longer a part of something. It is through selected times of withdrawing from people and the noise of life that we gain a fresh revelation and perspective of what God wants.  The text also reveals that Jesus withdrew often or regularly. Just like the song we all love, "Praise is what I do", we should equally love "Prayer is what I do". Praise and Prayer acknowledges our willingness to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
  
I have coined a phrase in my years of ministry that says "you must hide yourself before you show yourself." It has always been my duty to never stand before a people without laying before God. It's too easy, in our zeal to rush into plans and purposes for ourselves, families and ministries that opposes the will of God but feels right to us. God already has a plan and is simply looking for our obedience. We should never doubt the peace that exists on the other side of the noise of life.
 
When Jesus withdrew and prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, "Yet not as I will, but as You will," He offered a tremendous but seemingly simple insight into prayer: God is in charge. If we embrace the art of withdrawal, the power of the Lord will be with us as it was with Jesus as He carried out the Father's plan and purpose for His life.  
  
Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric 
    

Learn To Rule Well

April 5, 2013
Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."  Genesis 1:26 - New International Version
 
Today's word is the overflow of our Man2Man meeting on Wednesday evening.  We have been walking through an excellent book entitled "Kingdom Man" by Dr. Tony Evans. A Kingdom Man is every man's destiny and every woman's dream.  I highly recommend this book for every man. Although the book is written to empower men, I would like to share a word of encouragement that is applicable to all.  
   
In Genesis 1:26, you discover that God has made you in His likeness and image and has given you a mandate to rule or have dominion. He has entrusted you to manage everything placed within your realm of influence. In Genesis 1:28, God blessed mankind and instructed them to be fruitful, to multiply, to replenish the earth, and to subdue it. This indicates God's desire for you to increase and expand what He gives.  
  
Here are a few nuggets of truth that will help you rule well as you go forward fulfilling God's destiny for your life.  
 
1. Realize God has a specific plan for you. In order to  discover that specific plan, examine your passions, abilities, personality, and experiences, then uncover where those four converge. This will help reveal the plan God has destined for you to increase and expand. 

 

2. Recognize that God is the ultimate owner. You are God's reflection and image-bearer responsible to mirror God's character and ways. Your decisions directly affect the quality of life within your realm of influence and has a large bearing on whether your realm will increase or decrease with time. God didn't stop Adam from eating the fruit, but He controlled the consequences when Adam did eat the fruit, thus limiting Adam's dominion or rule from what it had originally been ordained to be.
  
3. Resist doing it your own way. In order to rule well, you must learn to do well according to the owner's manual
In other words, we must learn to allow the word of God to rule over our lives.  God blessed them... it takes a team to fulfill the dream. God will bring others into your realm to assist you and will also use you in helping make someone else's dream a reality thus fulfilling your own.    
 
Take an inventory of what's in your realm and ask why is it not expanding or increasing.  It may not be God's plan for your life or you are not be ruling well.  Be confident in this, God has created and blessed you to RULE WELL. 
  
Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric