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Room Enough

from JO’s sermon tonight:

we all have things in life that come against us; situations that aren’t fair, people who do us wrong. it’s easy to get discouraged, and think that that’s the way it’s always going to be, but just because you have opposition doesn’t mean that you’re not in God’s will.

1 Corinthians 16:9 (AMPC)
9 For a wide door of opportunity for effectual [service] has opened to me [there, a great and promising one], and [there are] many adversaries.

any time you’re going to move forward, take new ground, there will be opposition, people trying to discourage you, things you don’t understand. the people that reach their destinies aren’t moved by what’s not working out; they know that God is in control, directing their steps, that what was meant for harm He’s going to turn to their advantage. they know that the setback is really a setup for God to do something greater. the opposition is a sign that promotion, healing, new levels are coming.

when God was going to promote David, take him from the shepherds fields, a teenager taking care of his father’s sheep, and give him the respect and influence of the whole nation, he didn’t send David a friend, have King Saul say, “I see potential in this young man, let’s give him a chance,” no, God sent David an enemy, a giant. David could’ve thought, “God, I don’t understand it; Samuel said that I’d be the next king, anointed me in front of my family, but he didn’t say anything about this giant.” no, David understood this principle; with the opportunity, there would be opposition. when he defeated Goliath, he became an overnight hero; all of Israel took notice. not because Samuel had anointed him; nobody celebrated him then, and he went back to the shepherds fields afterwards. but when he defeated Goliath, that one victory gave him an instant respect from all of Israel.

the giants you face weren’t sent to defeat you, but to show people the anointing on your life. when you defeat that giant, break the addiction, beat the cancer, pay your house off, your business takes off, there won’t be any doubt; people will see the favor of God on your life. they’re going to have a new respect for you; they may have dismissed you in the past, but get ready, God is about to show out. that giant may be bigger, stronger, more powerful, but it is no match for our God. don’t run away from the giant; run to the giant. the giant is not going to defeat you, it’s going to establish you, give you a new level of influence, cause people to see that you’re favored. they may not like you, they may never be for you, but they won’t be able to deny the fact of the blessing that God put on your life.

Goliath’s entire purpose was to establish David. don’t complain about your giants; without that giant, without that opposition, you wouldn’t see the fullness of your destiny. none of us like difficulties, but keep the right perspective; on the other side is a new level. you have to outlast the opposition, have a made-up mind that you are in it to win it. God didn’t bring you this far to leave you; He knows what’s happening, the medical report, who’s not treating you right. if you’ll stay in faith, you’ll come out better, promoted to a new level of your destiny.

this is what happened to Isaac:

Genesis 26:12-14 (AMPC)
12 Then Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.
13 And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished;
14 He owned flocks, herds, and a great supply of servants, and the Philistines envied him.

don’t be surprised, when God blesses you, that everyone doesn’t celebrate you; some people can’t handle your success. they’re fine as long as you stay at their level, they’ll be for you, but when God takes you to the next level, shows out in your life, they may not be happy for you. instead of getting discouraged, remember, that opposition is a sign that promotion is coming. you’re blessed now, but God has something greater, that you haven’t seen.

the Philistines were so jealous:

Genesis 26:15 (NIV)
15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.

 

Isaac didn’t have any water for his animals, crops. the king told him:

Genesis 26:16 (NIV)
16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.”

Isaac could’ve fought him, thought, “no, this is where God blessed me, I’m staying here,” but:

Genesis 26:17 (NIV)
17 So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled.

I’m sure he was disappointed, never dreamed he’d have to start all over, but when you do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening, you’re sowing a seed for God to bless you. it may look like somebody’s getting the best of you, it was unfair, you did what was right, but it put you at a disadvantage; don’t worry, your time is coming. they think they’re pushing you down, but really, they’re pushing you up.

it looked like Isaac was moving in the wrong direction, going away from where he was blessed down into the valley, but the blessing is not on your location, it’s on you; wherever you go, the blessing goes. when you take the high road, and make adjustments to keep the peace, it may look like you’re going backwards, having to start all over, but when you do the right thing, you’ll never end up with less resources, influence, joy. there may be a season of less, but increase, promotion, abundance is coming

Genesis 26:18-22 (NIV)
18 Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died… 20 But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well

Isaac could’ve made a big deal about it, it was his property, it had belonged to his father, but instead he endured another disappointment and moved on. sometimes you need to stay and fight the good fight, take what belongs to you, but there are times when you need to walk away and let God make it up to you; you could win, but it’s going to do so much damage, ongoing trouble, that it would be better to let it go.

Isaac knew that on the other side of adversity there was a new level, and finally:

Genesis 26:22 (NCV)
22 He moved from there and dug another well. No one argued about this one, so he named it Room Enough. Isaac said, “Now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be successful in this land.”

if you pass the tests of opposition, you’ll come into room enough, abundance. the mistake we make too often is that we get stuck trying to prove our point, convince somebody that we’re right; some battles are not worth fighting. when you’re a peacemaker, and let somebody else be right, even though you know they’re wrong, everything in your mind will say, “you’re weak, you’re letting them get the best of you, you’re going to have to go down into the valley,” but that’s where room enough is. don’t get stuck in a place of argument, “it’s not right, they did me wrong”; why don’t you let God fight your battles? God will vindicate you better than you could vindicate yourself.

we’re not called to straighten everyone out. they may be wrong, you know you’re right, but you have to ask yourself; if you win the argument, what is it going to accomplish? is it going to move you forward, or just make you feel good? you could win, but in the big picture, it took your time, energy, focus, things that you should be using to accomplish your dreams. we fight too many battles that don’t matter; if that battle is not between you and your God-given destiny, it’s a distraction, the enemy trying to lure you off-course, to get you stuck in argument when room-enough is waiting for you. you have to learn to let things go, let somebody else be right for the sake of peace.

Jesus said:

Matthew 5:39 (AMP)
39 … simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise

Luke 6:28 (ISV)
28 Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you.

we would go a lot further, enjoy life a lot more, if we would simply ignore things. if somebody’s talking about you, don’t try to straighten them out; ignore it. if somebody did you wrong, don’t retaliate; let God fight your battles, ignore it and keep moving forward. they can’t stop your destiny. if you find yourself in conflict, upset, trying to prove your point, that’s a sign that you’ve come down too low; don’t waste any emotional energy on that, rise above it. God sees what’s happening; He’ll take care of it. if you go in and try to do God’s work, “God let me oppose them, straighten them out,” God will step back and say, “OK, you do it on your own; you can handle it.” but if you make a better decision, and turn it over to God, He’ll oppose who’s opposing you, and when the Most High God, the Creator of the universe, opposes, nothing can stand against Him.

when you take the high road, some people will mistake that for weakness; the truth is, it’s a sign of strength. it takes a strong person to overlook an insult. it takes maturity to not get in an argument. some people will try to bait you; they feed off of arguing. on purpose, they’ll do things to try to get you riled up. if you take that bait, if you give in, you’re allowing them to control you. they know if they push this button, you’ll get upset, if they push that button, you’ll start arguing. do yourself a favor; turn those buttons off. quit taking the bait. the next time that happens, just smile and keep moving forward; you have a destiny to fulfill. you don’t have time to waste playing those games. your time is too valuable to waste it with people that don’t want to have peace. don’t argue doctrine, politics, things you’re never going to agree on; for the sake of peace, let somebody else be right.

Proverbs 20:3 (NLT)
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
only fools insist on quarreling.

it doesn’t say winning a fight is a mark of honor, proving your point, straightening somebody out, no, avoiding a fight, overlooking some things, letting somebody else be right for the sake of peace, that’s a mark of honor.

this is especially important in our homes. it’s easy to argue over petty things that really don’t matter. I’ve seen people get a divorce, not over something big, they’re great people, they loved each other, but they argued over small things. where there’s strife and division, little things turn into big things; that’s when our families can be torn apart. when you live with someone, you’re not going to see eye to eye all the time; they’re going to do things that get on your nerves, but you do things that get on their nerves. you have to make this decision; “I’m not going to allow strife in; I’m going to do what I can to keep the peace.” that means you’re going to have to overlook some things. what normally would upset you, the next time that happens, why don’t you rise above it? “I’m waiting for her to change”; God is waiting for YOU to change. “If he’ll quit aggravating me, I’ll quit arguing”; why don’t you be the peacemaker, and rise above it?

sometimes, even when you think you’re right, you need to swallow your pride and let somebody else be right. I would rather let the other person be right, and have peace, than for me to be right and not have peace.

if you’re going to get to room-enough, you have to go past argument, where you’re tempted to get into strife and conflict, past opposition, where things come against you that you don’t understand. you may be at a difficult place now, something is happening that’s not fair; don’t get discouraged, you’re right where Isaac was, it’s all a part of the process. room-enough and abundance are coming.

we all have opposition, people that come against us; if you’ll keep moving forward, you’ll see God vindicate, promote you, take you where you could not go on your own.

this is what happened with Job. everything was going great, then the bottom fell out: he lost his health, family, business. he didn’t understand it; he was doing the right thing, but the wrong thing was happening. his friends told him that it was his fault, his wife said:

Job 2:9 (NIV)
9 His wife said to him, “… Curse God and die!”

Job looked around:

Job 23:8 (NASB)
8 “Behold, I go forward but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him

sometimes in life, you can’t see what God is doing; you’re praying, but it’s not working out. it’s easy to make a judgment based on one season, to look at one period of your life and think that’s the way it’s always going to be, that determines the rest of your future. no, you can’t see where God is taking you. don’t make a judgment based on a moment. where you are is not your final destination, it’s just a season.

Job understood this. he didn’t get discouraged or give up, he kept moving forward; he stayed on the high road, overlooked some things, came to to that place of abundance. he not only saw his health restored, but he came out with twice what he had before.

you may have had some times where you did the right thing, worked hard, but you had a setback, a disappointment; God is saying, “keep going, this not the end.” in God’s will you will have opposition. you can’t pray away all the opposition, people that do you wrong; that’s all a part of the process. stay in faith; the time when opportunity freely flows, good breaks chase you down, the right people come looking for you, is coming. it will be more than you can ask or think; it’s where God will pay you back, make up for what didn’t work out. you may be at a difficult place, life hasn’t made sense; my challenge is, don’t make a judgment based on that moment. that opposition was never sent to stop you, it was sent to establish you. it’s going to prove the anointing on your life. if you’ll do this, you’re coming into room enough, a place of abundance, health, wholeness, the fullness of your destiny.

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