The Secret is in the Book
The last few weeks we have been referencing the blessings of God coming into our lives. This is something that we remain convinced of insomuch that God will do what He said as are consistent in our service to Him.
One of the things that we must never discount is the time it takes for God to manifest what He has released in the spirit realm as we have various examples of people receiving promises and it taking years before they would see them come to pass.
Abraham waited 20 years; Moses waited 40 years; Caleb waited 45 years; Joseph waited 17 years; David waited 30 years; Jesus waited 30 years and these were the beginning of their walking in or enjoying what God ordained for them. [These are approximations]
The Bible says we have been given exceedingly great and precious promises and if they were given to us we must determine what they are; where they are and what is necessary to make them part of our lives.
If the truth would be known, being blessed by God takes more than our sharing that God will bless us with something on our Face Book page. It takes more than speaking a religious clichÃ© or just wanting something because another person testified that God provided for them in a supernatural way.
If we are going to live by the Word of God, which we should be doing, it is going to take having a Biblical perspective of what being blessed actually is and then through faith and patience allow God to bring into our lives what He said He would.
What many do not realize is that although God is Sovereign, He has set up precepts and principles that we are to learn and live by. These teachings and values are to govern our actions every day and in order for that to happen, we must be consciously aware of what they are and aware of the fact that we have an enemy who does not want us to continue following the Lord. It's not so much that satan does not want us to have things, but he doesn't want us to keep God first while we enjoy what God blesses us with.
If he can get our eyes off Christ and on things and then keep those things just out of reach, then he causes discouragement and eventually we stop doing what we know we're supposed to be doing.
In order for our lives to consistently improve, we must be conscious of generational blessings that God gave us and we must purposely speak them into the lives of our children and grandchildren. Most people that have been challenged in their lives through sickness, poverty and addictions of various kinds, often speak just the opposite as they have had their hope diminished and can't see any way it's going to get better for their children.
But if you desire them to, thing can change but the change begins with us. In Genesis 28, there is a blessing that Isaac gives to Jacob that was given him by his father Abraham, whom the Lord initially gave the promised blessing to.
1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: "You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.
2 Arise, go to Padan Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take yourself a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.
3 "May God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may be an assembly of peoples;
4 And give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and your descendants with you, that you may inherit the land in which you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.
This generational blessing is important because when something is going to be part of our lives, it must be "spoken. Proverbs 18:21 states, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
The principle of life is that you will have what you say and in order to see things improving for you and your offspring, you must believe it, speak it and then go do it in faith until it becomes part of your life and family.
In Mark chapter 11, Jesus had cursed the fig tree and continued doing what He had to do. It's interesting that once He cursed it, He didn't have to stand there wondering if it was going to do what He said. He did not doubt in His heart, but believed what He said was going to come to pass. If we believe, we are not going to be overly concerned as to whether God is going to do what He said.
Mark 11 God's Word Translation
20 While Jesus and his disciples were walking early in the morning, they saw that the fig tree had dried up. 21 Peter remembered âŒŠwhat Jesus had saidâŒ‹, so he said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has dried up.
22 Jesus said to them, "Have faith in God! 23 I can guarantee this truth: This is what will be done for someone who doesn't doubt but believes what he says will happen: He can say to this mountain, ˜Be uprooted and thrown into the sea,' and it will be done for him.
24 That's why I tell you to have faith that you have already received whatever you pray for, and it will be yours. 25 Whenever you pray, forgive anything you have against anyone. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your failures.
One of the greatest Biblical Truth's we will ever grasp is revealed within the contents of this Scripture. There are five points here that will cause our faith to be firmly anchored in the things of God. [On Power Point]
Our faith must be in God¦ If it is in any other source and we will find ourselves discouraged and further we will find ourselves drifting away from God.
We must know what God's will is which allows us to have greater confidence and ward off "doubt when it tries to come. The reason this is important is because there is often the element of time associated with what we ask for. It's during the waiting process that doubt, hesitation, uncertainty; dis-trust, reservation and unbelief can creep in and steal the promise that God intends to release into your life.
We must speak what God says about our lives, our families, our futures and our situation and do this from the perspective of "walking by faith and not by sight. We have to be careful and learn to speak God's Word and not speak in agreement with contradictory circumstances. If not, you will be just wishing something will be changed while not even really trusting that God will perform what He said.
You must already receive in your heart what you are praying for. This means that you have accepted as fact what you are asking God for. From this perspective you line your life up with His will.
You begin saving for the new house
getting more skills for the new job
learning principles of marriage and learn what it means to be mature so you are prepared when Mr. or Mrs. Right comes into your life
You allow God to paint the picture of what you want your future to be and then you go for it¦ one day at a time
You find your way into the House of the Lord because if you want a godly man or woman, you must be where they are found
You must be a person of forgiveness as this principle of releasing things done to you in the past allows you to make room for what God wants to give you in the future. This does not mean that the hurt and pain was not real, but that you will not be stopped or overcome by someone else' ignorance.
As these things are accomplished, we must learn to take our own lives into our hands and chart the destiny for where we want to go. This is done by speaking in agreement with God just as Isaac did and just as Jesus told us to do. We must become proficient at doing this and allow the Spirit of God to bring us to the place where we no longer live by the crumbs that someone else gives us when we are supposed to be living as kings and priests.
In the Book of Joshua, we have God's principle for success outlined clearly as a command to His people and further Moses' successor, Joshua. Moses led the people as far as God would allow him to. He saw the Promised Land from afar but was not able to lead them in so they could actually live there.
Some of our parents and guardians did the same thing. They told us about the Promised Land and the blessings that God has for us. They lived this life to the best of their ability and raised us as best they could, telling us to have a Godly fear and reverence for the Lord. Our parents planted the seed and some of them were called home by God. But we were not left alone. The seed of faith that is in us has begun to grow and germinate.
There is a hunger and thirst inside for the things of God and we're desirous of actually tasting the fruit of the land¦ being the head and not the tail, being above only and not beneath; we're desirous of seeing our children blessed much more than we have ever been blessed.
Whether we are 10 or 100 years old, the promise is for all of us and as long as there's breath in our bodies God still has possession of the promises in mind¦ we just have to believe it and not let anyone talk us out of it.
In Joshua 14 NKJV, Caleb said it this way:
6 Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal. And Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: "You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. 9 So Moses swore on that day, saying, ˜Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.' 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.
The devil is a master at two things: Deceit and lying and I will add deceiving and lying to God's people. [Deceit: trickery, cheating and dishonesty] We must rise up with the spirit of the conqueror that is inside us. God has kept us and preserved us these many years for a purpose and for most the ultimate purpose has yet to be revealed.
However as we stand on the verge of securing the promises, we must also understand that it is going to entail our continuing to fight and doing so from the perspective of the victory that God already secured for us. Like Caleb, as verse 6 says, you must "¦know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you¦ What has God said? Do you believe it? If so, it's up to you to align your life so you can live in God's land of promise.
Verse 8 says, you must wholly follow the Lord your God. This means you will do it fully, solely and exclusively and do so without divided devotions.
We cannot let our flesh make us think that feeding it by giving in to those carnal desires will cause you to inherit what God said you're supposed to have. Neither can we say that what God promised us will happen because our parents or grandparents prayed for them to be ours. We have to fight for them ourselves.
Know that if God kept you alive since the promise was given, He did so in order that you would possess the promises as a living reality. Verse 10 says: the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.
Don't let the devil tell you that your life is over¦ there's still many more years in front of you and you have the strength to see this thing all the way to the end as a strong warrior. Caleb was just as strong at 85 as he was at 40 and nothing was going to keep him from securing what God promised.
Verse 11, As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in.
Can we be this determined? If so, let's make up our minds that we are going to live God's way and do what God wants in the way He wants us to do it. This is how Abraham did it; this is how Jesus did it; this is how David did it; and this is how Joshua did it¦ The Secret is in the Book¦
Joshua 1 God's Word Translation
1 After the death of the Lord's servant Moses, the Lord said to Moses' assistant Joshua, son of Nun, 2 "My servant Moses is dead. Now you and all these people must cross the Jordan River into the land that I am going to give the people of Israel. 3 I will give you every place on which you set foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your borders will be the desert âŒŠon the southâŒ‹, nearby Lebanon to the Euphrates River (the country of the Hittites) âŒŠon the northâŒ‹, and the Mediterranean Sea on the west. 5 No one will be able to oppose you successfully as long as you live. I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will never neglect you or abandon you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will help these people take possession of the land I swore to give their ancestors.
7 "Only be strong and very courageous, faithfully doing everything in the teachings that my servant Moses commanded you. Don't turn away from them. Then you will succeed wherever you go. 8 Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed.
9 "I have commanded you, ˜Be strong and courageous! Don't tremble or be terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.'
The NKJV says: 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
The secret is in the Book and the Book is not supposed to be on the table, but IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART. This positions you to receive all that God has for you. You must make the Book your priority.