f God promised it? - Don’t settle for plan B.
Intro: We are living in the most amazing time in history when soon we will experience the return of Christ on the earth and every eye will see Him.
SO, WHAT TIME IS IT ON GOD’S PROPHETIC CLOCK?
Jesus was 2,000 years ago. Abraham was 2,000 years before Jesus, and Adam and Eve were 2,000 years before Abraham. So, the Garden of Eden was 6,000 years ago. The book of Genesis says, God created the heavens and the Earth in 6 days and He rested on the seventh. “Beloved do not be ignorant of this one thing, that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8
It’s been six days, and the seventh day is dawning. What time is it? It’s time to wake up! The Lord is coming soon.
One day it will be to late to . . .
Then it will be too late to say you’re sorry, too late to forgive your brother, too late to love and live and get involved in God’s ministry like He has been telling you to. It will be too late to pray, too late to read God’s Word, and too late to stop living as if God did not exist. It will be too late to get serious about God.
This year is the prophetic 70th year of Israel existing as a nation since If you ever want to know where we are on God’s calendar then watch what is happening to Israel.
After King Solomon the kingdom of Israel was divided and then after that various empires have occupied the land and there was no nation of Israel in existence until May 15, 1948, 70 years ago this year! French people had France, Germans had Germany, but Jews had no nation, no homeland, they were scattered.
1903 The Turks occupied the Holy land. A Jewish man named Theodore Herzl embarked on a quest to establish a homeland for the Jews who were scattered all over the world. Through negotiations with Great Britain offered a plan for 5000 square miles of land in Uganda, (modern day Kenya, Africa) to be a place to resettle the Jewish people. This was not the plan Theodore Herzl had in mind.
Some told him to be glad for what you can get and take the deal now and begin with it. Others said this is not what God promised us – don’t settle for it. 2 years later the Prime Minister of Great Britain met with the leader of the Zionist movement named Chaim Weizmann trying to convince the Jews to take the land in Uganda and stop being so stubborn. The story goes like this;
Weizmann said to the British PM. “Suppose I was to offer you London instead of Paris.” Puzzled the PM said, “We already have London.” Weizmann said, “Exactly, and we have already had the land of Israel when London was just a swamp.” His point was, God had given this land to the Jewish people. The point is, when God promises something don’t settle for plan B.
The enemy wants us to settle for plan B. The enemy makes things look impossible and this wears on us over time. We may tend to cave in and agree that we should just settle for what we can get.
Maybe there are some things you do have to accept that were not things God has promised.
You may have to accept your adult child may not fulfill their destiny. They have free will.
Your marriage may be over and your spouse has remarried.
Your loved one died and is not coming back.
You lost your job and you are not getting it back.
Maybe these are things you hoped for but God did not necessarily promise them to you. Don’t waste time depressed - Move forward! But when you have a promise from God – don’t settle.
When young man David killed the giant Goliath, David cut off Goliath’s head and put in on a stake outside the walls of a city called Jebus. 1 Sam. 17:54 he brought it to Jerusalem but could not get inside it so planted it outside the city walls.
PIC of David holding up Giant head.
Why did he do this? Israel lives in the Promise land but not have all of the Promise land. People known as Jebusites (descendants of Ham’s – Noah’s son that was cursed, son who was Canaan - Canaanites) occupied city of Jebus that we know today as Jerusalem. So Israel under King Saul had the land of Israel but not the city of Jerusalem. Even some Benjamites, (Israeli’s) lived with the Jebusites in this city and were willing to compromise to live there with them in ownership of the city. So David puts Goliath’s head on a post outside the city walls of Jerusalem.
David is making a statement by putting Goliath’s head on a post outside walls of Jerusalem. He is telling the Jebusites that God Himself gave this land to our ancestor Abraham and this miraculous victory of conquering Goliath is a sign to you – we will not settle for less than what God has promised us.
Even today the Arabs believe the Jebusites are their ancestors and they claim Jerusalem belongs to them.
David took the armor of Goliath into his tent and the sword to the tabernacle tent of God as a trophy of God’s grace and victory ( 1 Sam. 17:54). We do not know where Goliath’s head was buried but tradition says it was Golgotha – hill Jesus was later crucified on.
In Gen. 3:15 God said to Satan,
I will put enmity (hostility) between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring, her offspring will bruise your head, and you will bruise His heel. Gen. 3:15
This is the first clue as to why Jesus was crucified at a place called
Calvary – Greek word for cranium.
Golgotha – the place of the skull. Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John.
PIC of Golgotha:
1800’s archeologist discovered this place outside city Jerusalem.
Could it be that years later Jesus was crucified on this same spot where the serpent bruised His heel but the thud of the cross going into the ground on skull hill was the crushing of Satan’s head?
In David’s time a few years later he would capture the city of Jebus and it was called Jerusalem the city of David. He was the king who took down that stronghold. Why?
He did not settle. He lived by this saying.
If God promised it? - Don’t settle for plan B.
Some of you God wants you to have victory in the place of your skull! There are strongholds in your life that are saying to your mind,
“You’ll never make it. You’re not good enough, strong enough, smart enough, just settle for what you got.
2 things you need to ask yourself:
Am I going to believe in what I see or in what God says?
“Do not throw away your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded. For you have need of patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you will receive the promise. For in yet a little while He who is to come will come and will not wait. Right now, the just live by faith; but if anyone draws back My soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:35-39
You have to ask yourself – Am I one who believes only in what he can see or am I of those who believe what God says?
2nd question you have to ask yourself.
If I am one who believes what God has said, am I acting on what He said for me to do?
You can’t have it both ways – believe God but not do what He says. You have deceived yourself and may be shocked when He returns that you are not saved. You believed in Him but so does the devil!
Conclusion: Some you here today maybe visitors would say you are right with God because you believe in Him and maybe because you try to live right. I would warn you today that is not what God says a man must do to be right with God.
Listen to what God says – His Word not what people say.
Believe what God says rather than your mind/feelings.
Act on and do what God says today! That is your only hope.
God has spoken through His written word this.
No one earns righteousness with God – it is a gift from God made available on His terms.
No one grows into righteousness through time – it is a gift you receive at a moment in time when you accept Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
“The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the word of faith that we preach: that if YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS IS LORD, and BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, you will be saved, made right with God. For with the heart one believes and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
God is telling you plainly that 3 steps of action required by you:
Listen 2. Believe 3. Act on it now – today.
Get your speaker hooked up to your believer – mouth to what you really believe and trust God for.
Lead in prayer of receiving Jesus.
Invitation to step out publicly unashamed that you are a believer who believes If God promised it – I don’t want to settle for less.