Preparation

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

SERMON NOTES

Preparation
Cross-over
Go in and take possession
Remember the Word
Help brothers
Rebels put to death. Division is death to the Vision

Last week was making a choice to move, this is our new series, TRANSITION-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN.

In this story Moses died. God used a man to lead his people. God used Moses to lead them out of Egypt the place of bondage. They chose to stay in the wilderness because THEY FELT IT WAS SAFE. They followed Moses enough to get out of bondage but stopped following short of where God was leading them. They stayed in a place that God meant for transition which was to be temporary. They chose because of fear, comfort, a place of just ok, not Gods Best, not Gods Choice.

This is so sad for Gods people to settle for less than Gods best because of fear, comfort, easy. People do it everyday. God helps them get out of messes and then they because they are afraid to TRUST GOD AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH HIM, they stop.

When the Israelites stopped they began to slide back into their old slave ways and habits. Remember they began to recreate the Gods like Egypt, they made a golden calf and worshipped that just like the Egyptians.
They were physical free from the enslavement of Pharaoh but mentally and spiritually they recreated bondage. God blessed them, got them their freedom and watch how they repay God, they stop following Him, they stop following the man of of God, they stop coming to church or the gathering.

This whole generation of people missed out on the blessings of God because they choice to stop trusting God and His Man.

We live in a generation just like in the days of Moses. The people wanted to choose their own leader not the Leader that God chose. They wanted to choose their own way of living not Gods. They choice to put more trust in what they seen and what they felt and thought instead of following Gods Man, Gods Word, and Gods direction. God is the same today as He was yesterday. God still chooses a Person to lead his people.

People still trying to follow God outside of His way. God chooses people to lead His people. All thru the Bible God a leader to lead His people. Even after the Holy Spirit is given, God still chose a person to lead His people.

“Obey your [spiritual] leaders and submit to them [recognizing their authority over you], for they are keeping watch over your souls and continually guarding your spiritual welfare as those who will give an account [of their stewardship of you]. Let them do this with joy and not with grief and groans, for this would be of no benefit to you.”
Hebrews 13:17 AMP

Getting the order straight. Moses had some real issues because he felt so like he could not do this. He felt really inadequate for job God called him to do. People would come to test his leadership, smarter, more knowledgeable, older and even appearing wiser.

The difference was God called Moses to lead this group of people. God does the calling not men. Moses tries to convince God to find someone else. He tells God I can’t speak well so God gives him Aaron to help him. Aaron was never to lead the people, he was there to assist Moses. As we grow God will give me people who will help assist me with this great church.

God drilled this in me over and over. I have tried a few times to get out of this leadership role. God won’t let me out. He spoke to me when I tried to go into full business. I told God years back I am done. God said Ok. That’s it Ok. Do not think for a moment that when God says OK it is really OK. No. I told God I want to just got sit in a mega church and write big checks with no responsibilities of leading the church. We were very well off financially. Soon everything began to shift. Had to sell the house, fancy luxury cars, watches, jewelry and the very large bank accounts depleted. For one whole year, not on4 diamond sell, interest call, nothing. We used up whatever we had left to barely stay alive.

I remember on my knees crying out to God asking what is going on, I don’t understand, did I make you mad. Here is what God spoke to me,”Son.” Know when I heard Him call me son I learned something very powerful about our God. When your a son or daughter of God You are His forever. Even if you mess up and blow it. He says, I will never leave you nor forsake you, PERIOD. KNOW WE CAN AND DO LEAVE HIM AND HE WILL LET YOU WALK YOUR OWN WAY. HE WILL LET YOU CHOOSE TO DO,YOUR OWN LIFE YOUR OWN WAY. BUT REMEMBER YOUR WAYS ARE NOT GODS WAYS.

HE WILL LET US AS PEOPLE WITH A FREE WILL LIVE ANY WAY WE CHOOSE BUT YOU WILL ALSO LIVE WITHOUT HIS FAVOR AND BLESSINGS. YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE HIS LOVE BUT NOT HIS DIRECTION OR GUIDANCE IF YOU CHOOSE TO WALK YOUR OWN WAY.

THE LESSONS, THE HARDSHIPS, THE FAILURES ARE MEANT TO CAUSE YOU TO COME HOME, COME BACK TO YOUR LOVING FATHER WHO,WAITS FOR YOU TO RETURN AND ALLOW HIM TO RESTORE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

SO I AM PRAYING CRYING OUT TO GOD WHAT DID I DO WRONG, HOW DID I MAKE YOU MAD? “Here is what God spoke to me that changed my life forever.” “Son, I don’t care if you mansions, millions in the bank, and drive your convertible Bentley, I just care THAT YOU STAY TRUE TO YOUR CALLING.”

I did not get a call or sell for diamonds and rings for one full year. As I was on my knees repenting,”I said God I am so sorry I took you and my calling for granted, I will pastor and shepherd your sheep. I don’t care about my name in lights, I don’t care about the numbers, nickels and noise. I recommit to STAY TRUE TO MY CALLING.” AMEN. As soon as I said AMEN, still in my knees, I get a call for a 2plus carat diamond ring on my knees.

That day GOD RECONFIRMED MY CALLING AND I TOOK THE MANTLE AND GOT UP WITH THE MIND, HEART, ATTITUDE TO LEAD, AND GUIDE AND SHEPHERD DCI TILL I LEAVE THIS EARTH OR HE GIVES ME NEW ORDERS.

Moses is dead and God speaks to Joshua rise up take your calling and be my leader to the people. The first group kept wanting to do their own thing. They allowed their old bondage mindsets dictate and control them. This is why they never left the wilderness. They choice to be fear led instead of faith led. They choice their own security instead of TRUSTING THEIR GOD. IF YOU ARE TO AFRAID TO STEP OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALK ON WATER, GOD WILL LET YOU STAY HIDING AND CRYING IN THE BOAT. YOU WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE THE SUPERNATURAL STAYING SAFE.

WALKING IN FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT IS SCARY. THATS WHY ITS CALLED FAITH.

MY BOAT IS SHAKING AND ROCKING. I HAVE GREAT SUPPORT FROM OUT STAFF BUT THEY ARE GREAT BUT THEY ARE ADVISERS. I HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE BOAT AND WALK WITH JESUS. NO ONE CARRIES THIS CALLING HERE. I AND I ALONE CARRY THIS DIRECT CALLING FROM GOD.

IT IS SCARY, IT IS SO INTENSE, IT IS THE WILDEST RIDE I HAVE BEEN ON IN AWHILE. I HAVE PLAYED IT SO SAFE FOR YEARS BECAUSE I GOT SO WOUNDED OVER THE YEARS.

ITS TIME TO CROSSOVER. THIS IS THE DIRECTION JOSHUA GAVE THE PEOPLE.

“Go throughout the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to cross this [river] Jordan, to go in to take possession of the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess [as an inheritance].’”
Joshua 1:11 AMP

PREPARE

CROSSOVER

GO IN TO TAKE POSSESSION. IF YOUR UNWILLING TO GO, AND GO IN DEEP YOU CAN NEVER TAKE POSSESSION OF WHATEVER GOD HAS FOR YOU. ALL THAT GOD HAS FOR YOU, GO IN HUMILITY, GO IN LOVE, GO IN CONFIDENCE, GO IN A SERVANT, GO IN WITH ALL YOUR HEART, GO IN TRUSTING YOUR GOD.

REMEMBER THE WORD

“Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, ‘The LORD your God is giving you rest (peace) and will give you this land [east of the Jordan].’”
Joshua 1:13 AMP

HELP YOUR BROTHERS

“Your wives, your children, and your cattle shall [be allowed to] stay in the land which Moses gave you on this [eastern] side of the Jordan, but you shall go across [the river] before your brothers (the other tribes) armed for battle, all your brave warriors, and you shall help them [conquer and take possession of their land],”
Joshua 1:14 AMP

COMMIT AND RECOMMIT TO GOD AND GODS CALLED LEADER.

“They answered Joshua, saying, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so will we obey you; only may the LORD your God be with you as He was with Moses.”
Joshua 1:16-17 AMP

REBELS PUT TO DEATH: DIVISION IS DEATH TO A VISION

“Any man who rebels against your command and does not obey everything that you command him, shall be put to death; only be strong and courageous.”
Joshua 1:18 AMP

“But I urge you, believers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in full agreement in what you say, and that there be no divisions or factions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your way of thinking and in your judgment [about matters of the faith].”
1 Corinthians 1:10 AMP