The Mystery of the Schemitah -part 2

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Or      Expanding your Ambition to be a Joseph

Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Genesis 13:14    After Lot was gone, the LORD said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction.  15  I am going to give all this land to you and your offspring as a permanent possession.  16  And I am going to give you so many descendants that, like dust, they cannot be counted!  17  Take a walk in every direction and explore the new possessions I am giving you.”

Basically, God was telling Abraham, “All that you can see you can have.”  That is what the word expand means, “to increase the size, volume, quantity or scope of.”

This is an extension of the message of March 1st (Josephs on the Mountain) and March 15th. The Mystery of the Schmita – part 1. These messages lead us to each find at least one mountain of culture that is ruining our Christian country and serve on or in  with what skill or knowledge He has given each of us to do His will. Let me bring back to your memories what mountains we are speaking of. It’s those mountains we complain about almost daily; Government, Economy, Entertainment, Media, Family, and Religion, Education, Today’s message’s purpose it to tempt you to push your limits in preparation for the coming changes coming to the organized church, and The year of the Shemitah.

First of all the change from organized church structure to cell group churches is  to become a “high-impact” church. Through this God is trying to teach us the way Christ taught his disciples. And that is to seek first the Kingdom of God and everything else is secondary, where Christians, in harmony with the heartbeat of God makes the Kingdom of God their foremost priority. This is done by becoming as little children and not as teenagers who think they know it all. Remember, Jesus called those who could not come as little children to Him…. “a stiff necked people.”

Do you yet have the longing to do battle in the spiritual warfare you will face.  If so I have a question or two for you. Would you go out into a blizzard dressed in a short sleeve shirt?  Would you go into a blazing building without a fireman’s fire-retardant jacket?  Then why would you go out into the community to spread the word about a victorious living without properly dressing in the armor of God.

May I suggest that you also dress your children each day. Perhaps dress each other every day. And, remember the day you don’t wear your galoshes is usually the day it will rain !

Speaking of warfare also reminded me of a scene on a commercial that had soldiers going through  very strenuous exercises. The voice of the ad said, “If you keep pushing your limits, you won’t have any.” I believe the military understands that with training,  discipline and dedication you can push your limits until you no longer have boundaries, only challenges. Soldiers in training, instead of stopping at an obstacle only focus on overcoming them.

Jesus said, in Mark 9:23  “….“If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  There it is again, another “if-then” statement in the Bible. ” We Josephs must remember that faith in God’s ability opened the Red Sea, shut the lion’s mouth, and opened prison doors.

God said, in Romans 4:17  God said:  “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! 

And in Romans 14:23  Now this wonderful truth – that God declared him to be righteous – wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. 24  It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead.

Throughout the Bible God specialized in doing the impossible. He created the world out of nothing, hung it on nothing,  and it became something. When His children were in the wilderness with nothing to eat He fed them something, manna. During the great drought He sent ravens to feed Prophet Elijah and turned his nothing to something. Also, when a destitute widow had nothing but a little pot of oil, God supernaturally turn her nothing into something. Notice also that Jesus never freaked out when unexpected multitude of people stopped by during lunch. When the fishing business went bad He did not sweat it, He commanded the fish of the sea.

For some of us it is too easy when seeing that we have nothing, we give up. His principle is, DO Something. You may be asking “What can I do?” God may answer with a question, “What do you have?” God can use whatever is in your hand. Or, I might say, “Whatever is at hand.”

There are three kinds of people in this world; the Wills, the Won’t and the Cant’s.                  The Wills accomplish everything, the Wont’s oppose everything, and the Cant’s fail in everything.

  •  Winners say: “Let’s find out.” Losers say “Nobody knows.”
  • When winners make a mistake, he says, “I was wrong.”
  • When losers make a mistake, he says: It wasn’t my fault.”
  • A winner goes through a problem; a loser goes around it and never gets past it
  • A winner makes commitments; a loser makes empty promises.
  • A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be; a loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people are.”
  • A winner says, “There ought to be a better way to do it.” A loser says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

This causes me to remember a story I may have told in previous messages but if so I will repeat it.   There was a congregation that met to pray for rain to release a long dry spell. The preacher looked severely at his flock and said, “Y’all know why we are hear. What I want to know is, where are your umbrellas?”

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The Mystery of the Schmitah – Part 2

Or    Expanding your Ambition to be a Joseph

Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from: Genesis 13:14   After Lot was gone, the LORD said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction. 15 I am going to give all this land to you and your offspring as a permanent possession. 16 And I am going to give you so many descendants that, like dust, they cannot be counted! 17 Take a walk in every direction and explore the new possessions I am giving you.”

Basically, God was telling Abraham, “All that you can see you can have.” That is what the word expand means, “to increase the size, volume, quantity or scope of.” A synonym would be “enlarge.” When Abraham walked the length and breath of the land, he was increasing the size of his vision. God was telling him that there is no limit s when you walk in obedience to Him. He was examining expansion.

Now let me tell you the title of today’s message…. The Mystery of the Schmitah – Part 2, It’s sub-title might be: Expand Your Ambition to be a Joseph or a Remnant on the Mountain. This is an extension of the message of March 1st (Josephs on the Mountain) and March 15th. The Mystery of the Schmita – part 1. These messages lead us to each find at least one mountain of culture that is ruining our Christian country and serve on or in with what skill or knowledge He has given each of us to do His will. Let me bring back to your memories what mountains we are speaking of. It’s those mountains we complain about almost daily; Government, Economy, Entertainment, Media, Family, and Religion, Education, Today’s message’s purpose it to tempt you to push your limits in preparation for the coming changes coming to the organized church, and The year of the Shemitah.

First of all the change from organized church structure to cell group churches to become a “high-impact” church. Through this God is trying to teach us the way Christ taught his disciples. And that is to seek first the Kingdom of God and everything else is secondary, where Christians, in harmony with the heartbeat of God makes the Kingdom of God their foremost priority. This is done by becoming as little children and not as teenagers who think they know it all. Remember, Jesus called those who could not come as little children to Him…. a stiff necked people.” Do you have a passion for advancing God’s Kingdom by teaching others of its availability. All too often the organized churches teach that we are to do so simply by being seen as living a Christian life. Although this is a truth it does not fill the bill. It alone will not teach a “Christian-to-be” of His saving grace. Notice I chose to not call this person “unsaved,” but a “Christian-to-be.” That by the way is our job at hand.

Do you yet have the longing to do battle in the spiritual warfare you will face. If so I have a question or two for you. Would you go out into a blizzard dressed in a short sleeve shirt? Would you go into a blazing building without a fireman’s fire-retardant jacket? Then why would you go out into the community to spread the word about a victorious living without properly dressing in the armour of God.

  1. You must place on your head the “helmet of salvation,” to protect your mind
  2. Accept upon your chest the breastplate of His (not your) righteousness.
  3. Gird yourself with the girdle of His truth, to help you discern truth from untruth.
  4. Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, that it may help you walk the walk.
  5. Place the shield of faith in God’s ability on your arm, to ward off the attacks of the enemy.
  6. Then, finally, arm yourself…. With the “two edged sword,” which is the Gospel, on the tip of your tongue

May I suggest that you also dress your children each day. Perhaps dress each other every day. And, remember the day you don’t wear your galoshes is usually the day it will rain !

Speaking of warfare also reminded me of a scene on a commercial that had soldiers going through very strenuous exercises. The voice of the ad said, “If you keep pushing your limits, you won’t have any.”

I believe the military understands that with training, discipline and dedication you can push your limits until you no longer have boundaries, only challenges. Soldiers in training, instead of stopping at an obstacle only focus on overcoming them.

Jesus said, in Mark 9:23 “….”If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  There it is again, another “if-then” statement in the Bible.

If you can believe,(then) all things are possible to him who believes.” Josephs must remember that faith in God’s ability opened the Red Sea, shut the lion’s mouth, and opened prison doors. There is no limit to those who put their trust in God. When God spoke to Abraham, He wasn’t just think about him but had a plan to bless all the families of the earth through the seed of Abraham. God’s vision is always multi-generational. To see this we must remember Genesis 18:19   I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD and do what is right and just. Then I will do for him all that I have promised.” First lets realize that we are sons and daughters of Abraham. This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn’t exist before. 18 When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him.

God said, In Romans 4:17 God said: “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God declared him to be righteous. 23 Now this wonderful truth – that God declared him to be righteous – wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. 24 It was for us, too, assuring us that God will also declare us to be righteous if we believe in God, who brought Jesus our Lord back from the dead.

Notice that this promise is conditional. Each generation must keep (or attend to) the way of the Lord so that all families may be blessed. Abraham was faithful to teach his children to teach future generations; so even in famine his son Isaac prospered and received one hundredfold increase in the same year that he sowed in the land.

Throughout the Bible God specialized in doing the impossible. He created the world out of nothing, hung it on nothing, and it became something. When His children were in the wilderness with nothing to eat He fed them something, manna. During the great drought He sent ravens to feed Prophet Elijah and turned his nothing to something. Also, when a destitute widow had nothing but a little pot of oil, God supernaturally turn her nothing into something

Notice also that Jesus never freaked out when unexpected multitude of people stopped by during lunch. When the fishing business went bad He did not sweat it, He commanded the fish of the sea.  On two different occasions the disciples saw Him feed multitudes with loaves and fishes.

For some of us it is too easy when seeing that we have nothing, we give up. His principle is, DO Something. You may be asking “What can I do?” God may answer with a question, “What do you have?” God can use whatever is in your hand. Or, I might say, “Whatever is at hand.

There are three kinds of people in this world; the Wills, the Won’t and the Cant’s.

  1. The Wills accomplish everything, the Wont’s oppose everything, and the Cant’s fail in everything.
  2. Winners say: “Let’s find out.” Losers say “Nobody knows.”
  3. When winners make a mistake, he says, “I was wrong.” When losers make a mistake, he says: It wasn’t my fault.”
  4. A winner goes through a problem; a loser goes around it and never gets past it
  5. A winner makes commitments; a loser makes empty promises.
  6. A winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be; a loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people are.”
  7. A winner says, “There ought to be a better way to do it.” A loser says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

If you have a penchant at becoming a Won’t or a Can’t, or a Loser in any category; perhaps you might find yourself on the potter’s turning wheel. He can reshape you into a vessel of beauty in His eyes.

This causes me to remember a story I may have told in previous messages but if so I will repeat it.

There was a congregation that met to pray for rain to release a long dry spell. The preacher looked severely at his flock and said, “Y’all know why we are hear. What I want to know is, where are your umbrellas?”

Our Bible teaches that true faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible. God always has a plan to turn your nothing into something. Especially just before the coming “Shemitah” or “Biblical Sabbatical Year” which runs from: Sept. 25, 2014 until… Sept. 13, 2015.

Getting back into talking about dates again reminds me. While many assume when God created the Sun and the Moon that He did so for light, heat, gravity, and other natural mechanisms, when looking at Genesis 1:14, we learn of four other purposes behind why the lights in the heavens were created and placed where they are.

Gen 1:14     And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

The Bible says these are for “signs,” “seasons,” “days,” and “years.” The Hebrew word for “signs” in this context is owth, ( o-w-t-h ), a word meaning a “miraculous sign,” or “an omen,” or “warning.” It signifies, among other things, that God created the heavenly bodies to communicate important matters at particular times to His covenant people. The next reason God created the sun and the moon is for “seasons.” Again, in our Western mindset, we figure God is talking about… winter, spring, summer, and autumn (fall). This is the farthest from the truth. In Hebrew, the word is “mow’ed” ( m-o-w-‘-e-d and is accurately translated as “an appointed time” or “divine appointment” especially related to “sacred seasons” or Feast days. This same Hebrew word is translated into English in Leviticus 23 as “feast” where it talks about the “Feasts of the Lord.”

At first, these two words; “appointments” and “feasts” seem about as far apart as you can get. This is why one needs to keep the Hebrew language in perspective so as not to miss the deeper conveyances of this text. The word “mow’ed” implies that God has a “day timer” or “calendar” on which He keeps predetermined “appointments” with human history and that are connected with “His Feasts or Holy Days.”

God the Father knew the year, the month, the day, and the exact time His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) would die and how this event would be played out in fulfilment of the Levitical feasts of Israel.  Finally, God declares that the sun and the moon were created to determine “days and years.” Obviously, this has nothing to do with our modern Gregorian calendar, which was created by a pagan Roman ruler and is based on the sun. The Muslim calendar is based on the moon. But the Biblical calendar… the one that God uses according to Genesis is based on the sun and the moon. So when the Scripture refers to “days and years” in Genesis 1:14, it is pointing to “Biblical days and years” or “holy days” as well as Shemitah years and Jubilee years (every seventh year the land in Israel was to rest).

What is a Shemitah Year…? The Shemitah Year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel and still observed in contemporary Judaism. When Moses received the Levitical law, God gave the commandment to rest on the seventh day… (the Sabbath. According to the Noah Webster dictionary of 1828 the word “Sabbath” is a period of rest dedicated and consecrated to the Lord.)

Moses also applied the cycles of “seven” to weeks and years. A cycle of seven weeks points to the 50th day, called Pentecost. And a cycle of seven sets of seven years points to the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is based on letting the land rest every seventh year as follows; “For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the Lord.” (Leviticus 25:3-4)

Leviticus chapter 25 promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the Shemitah, and describes it’s observance as a test of religious faith.

The Hebrew people count and observe 7 year cycles. Every cycle would fulfill a “Sabbatical Year known as a “Shmitah” and means, “to release!”

Throughout the bible we read about incredible encounters that people had with God. In the book of Exodus He led the children of Israel with a cloud by day and fire by night. In chapter 33 Moses told God; “if Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here”. He didn’t want to do anything without the Lords presence. Then he said to the Lord, “Please, show me Your glory.” This is the cry of every Christians heart. We sing it and we pray it but many of us are not experiencing His manifested glory in our lives the way that we desire. In the book of John chapter 17 when Jesus was praying to the father He said, And the glory which You have given Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. Jesus is looking for those who are totally yielded to Him, who He could trust with His glory.

The Lord says I am looking for those who are focused, those who are courageous, those who are determined and immovable. I am looking for those who are willing to put their own agendas aside for My Kingdom. I am looking for those who are strong to do great exploits. They will know My leading and not be confused by voices. They will know My word and not be moved by every wind of doctrine. I am looking for people who will go forth to fulfill My plans for this generation. They will walk in My authority and power. They will not be weak or frail and will teach others how to live a life of faith.  They will have a revelation of My truth, therefore they recognize what I have assigned them to do. They are not double minded but understand their calling and the authority that has been given to them. They understand the preparation and submit to the process of growth, as they allow Me to work in their lives.

I am looking for those who are tenacious in spiritual warfare. They will not be fearful of the enemy’s tactics but they will rest assured that no evil shall befall them and will never retreat in adverse times. They will be My witnesses on this earth and will not fear the days ahead. They will recognize My voice. They will walk in a life of victory because they are Spirit led and not led by their own desire for comfort. They know how to enter into the Holy of Holies, and will teach others how to enter without guilt or shame.   There is now an open door to enter into My presence in a new way. I have provided for you to receive My anointing without measure. There is a greater glory and a new authority available to you that you have not known before.  Make yourself available to this by simply saying yes and receiving all that I have for you in this time of transformation says the Lord.

2nd Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Time for a story……… Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, ‘Someday I hope to be a treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.’

Then the second tree said, ‘Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.’  Finally the third tree said, ‘I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest Tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.’ 

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, ‘This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter’, and he began cutting it down.     The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree the woodsman said, ‘This looks like a strong tree. I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.’ The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship. 

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.  

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. ………

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe…….

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.

The moral of this story is t…….

Well as the clock tells me I don’t have much time left let me ask you a question. What are your gifts.

I have met believers who honestly feel that they have no qualifications or special gifts that God can use for His Kingdom. Having travelled for many of my 77 years all over this country and had the pleasure of visiting 13 other countries; I have observed the thinking of some Christians that have convinced themselves they are of little use to God, and when gifts were handed out they may have been in the wrong line. In reality as I got to know them I thought that they had the ability but lacked the confidence to step out in faith. Others I’ve met had a gift, but remained in their present situation because “no door opened” for them to walk into something they would enjoy doing.

Sometimes, you must at least put your hand on the door know. I never once thought of myself as a Broadcast Evangelist after I retired from pastoring. But, one day on a trip with my wife I got a nudge of a thought I believe now was God, to ask WRBE about my broadcasting sermons locally. Today through this station, its streaming is broadcasted across this country and my website, Touchofjoyministries.org is reaching 24 other countries. Wow, now I am able to serve the Lord with a gift I had never thought of…… until I reached that door knob at WRBE.

So, again, I’m asking, “What gifting might you have that would allow you to serve your Lord? There is more to ministry than preaching. There is greeting hospitality. It’s amazing what short comments might start a conversation in Walmart, doctor’s waiting rooms, or restaurants. How about developing a list of indigents around the county that you might either visit or just call to say hello sometime.

Whatever you have at hand or in mind do it with all your might. And, don’t go without the Holy Spirit.

Remember… David said he would serve as a doorkeeper in the House of God and be happy. (Psalm 84:10)

My friends, much of the wording I use in the material the Lord provides me comes from other men of God receiving the same warnings; not to be used as a fear factor but as a wake up call. Next Sunday I will begin my message with a similar message given recently in an interview with a CN reporter. This person is a very well-known Baptist Pastor, I’m sure you will recognize. You may have even recently heard him in a T.V. broadcast of his Sunday message expounding on the Shemitah.

So     until next Sunday       same time station….

Proverbs 18:!6 says :  A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.

America Bless God         and         God will Bless America

 

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