Oct 11, 2009                        "Good news the Bad news is wrong!"

Sun Am Worship                                       

Text:  John 6:1-13 (King James Version) THEME: Fireproof your Future -!

Subject:  Equipping the Church for the Harvest"

"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

 

Shortly after the Pope had apologized to the nation of Israel for the treatment of Jews by the Catholic Church over the years, Ehud Barak, the leader of Israel, sent back a message to the College of Cardinals. The proposal was for a friendly game of golf to be played between the two leaders or their representatives to show the friendship and ecumenical spirit shared by the Catholic and Jewish faith.

The Pope met with his College of Cardinals to discuss the proposal. "Your Holiness," said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Barak wants to challenge you to a game of golf to show that you are old and unable to compete I am afraid that this would tarnish our image to the world." The Pope thought about this and as he had never held a golf club in his life asked, "Don't we have a Cardinal to represent me?" "None that plays golf very well," a Cardinal replied. "But," he added, "there is a man named Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer who is now a devout Catholic. We can offer to make him a Cardinal, then ask him to play Mr.Barak as your personal representative. In addition to showing our spirit of co-operation, we'll also win the match." Everyone agreed it was a great idea. The call was made. Of course, Nicklaus was honored and agreed to play as a representative of the Pope.

The day after the match, Nicklaus reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of the result. "I have some good news and some bad news, Your Holiness," said the golfer.

"Tell me the good news, Cardinal Nicklaus," said the Pope. "Well, Your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I've played some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I have ever played, by far.

I must have been inspired from above. My drives were long and true, my irons were accurate and purposeful, and my putting was perfect. With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous." "How can there be bad news?" the Pope asked. Nicklaus sighed, "I lost to Rabbi Tiger Woods by three strokes."

I came to this place tonight with a word in my spirit; I came to tell somebody that everything is not as it appears.

I came to tell somebody who has been overwhelmed by their circumstances {there is more to this than meets the eye}

I have got to get somebody to shift out of the natural into the supernatural, Out of the visible into the invisible, out of the realm of the senses into the realm of faith.

You see by faith the elders obtained a good report {Joshua and Caleb's report was a good report because it was a faith report}

The other 10 spies brought back what the bible calls an evil report.
Why was it an evil report? Because it contradicted the word of God.

1) I am what the Word of God says I am!

 

Romans 8:37   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

Deuteronomy 28:13   And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

 

2) I can do what the word of God says I can do!

Luke 10:18   And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19   Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20   Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

 

Joshua 23:10   One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

 

3) I have what the word of God says I have!

 Deuteronomy 28:1   And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Deuteronomy 28:2   And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deuteronomy 28:3   Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deuteronomy 28:4   Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Deuteronomy 28:5   Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

Deuteronomy 28:6   Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.

Deuteronomy 28:7   The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

Deuteronomy 28:8   The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.


I'm talking to somebody tonight: You've been listening to an evil report, you've been listening to what your circumstances are saying, you've been listening to what your feelings are saying and what your enemies are saying, and what your friends are saying.

Isaiah asked the question (Whose report will you believe?)
1 Samuel 17:34   And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1 Samuel 17:35   And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.


David was tending his fathers flock one day and a lion, suddenly appeared and stole a lamb from the fold.
Most people would have said: I'll never see that lamb again, most people would have just written it off as one of life's casualties and said the devil got that one.
Most people would have said: I better just stay here and protect what I got left.
And the most of our churches are failing miserably in this area..

 

And that is what the devil {I mean the lion, was counting on} That devil, {I mean lion, never counted on someone like David}


David wasn't like most people, he took it personal and he took it hard, it angered him that a lion would break into his fold, and invade the safety of his fold and steal from him.

No doubt this devil, I mean this lion had invaded many flocks before, and tore up marriages, and tore up ministries and killed dreams, and stole hope and joy and peace from many homes.
No doubt this devil had carried sons and daughters off into drug addiction, homosexuality, perversion.

This was not the first flock, he had invaded, It was not the first lamb he had stolen.
And time after time he left behind him a broken man broken women, broken homes, broken children.

And from all natural appearances this devil had succeeded again.
(Look at your neighbor and tell them, It ain't that way)
This time it's gonn'a be different

Instead of David sitting down and crying, and saying why me? Why'd this have to happen to me?
David refuse just to write off his losses and settle for leftovers.

(Let me stop right here and tell you, some of you right here are settling for left overs)
Just happy to have something left over, Just thankful that the devil didn't take it all.
Just satisfied to still be in your right mind, satisfied just to have enough money to make ends meet.

But I just believe I'm talking to somebody that is sick and tired of Leftovers.
I just believe somebody here wants some of that milk and honey.


I just believe somebody here believes that God wants you blessed.

If I'm talking to you, slap your neighbor a high five and tell them (he's talking to me).
David could have done like most people and settled down with his leftovers and just been thankful, but David had that shepherds anointing.
The kind that the great shepherd has.( He left the ninety and nine and went out searching until he found the one lost sheep).

David went out after that lion and hunted him down.
And when he found him, the lamb was still in his mouth (ALIVE) he smote him and took the lamb out of his mouth.
(You aren't going to smite the devil without a response) the lion rose up against him, and David caught him by the beard and killed him.

Every natural evidence would have told David: write off your losses, that lamb is history.
His imagination probably was showing him a horrific death of this little lamb.

But the truth was: that lamb had not been torn to shreds by this lions paws, and teeth, (this lamb was alive and well).

When I read that story I was reminded of Jacob and how his sons had brought Josephs coat to him, dipped in blood and asked him who coat it was.

Jacob saw the coat and he saw the blood and his mind went crazy, his imagination went off the scale.

Ge 37:33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
For nearly 15 years Jacob played the scene of Joseph's horrible death in his imagination.
But the truth is: he was wrong, Joseph was not dead, Joseph was alive.

Jacob looked at the evidence in front of him, and based on the evidence, he wrote the rest of the story.
I'm telling somebody tonight, you can't judge a book by one chapter.
You can't look at one chapter of my life, and write my story.
No one has the right to write my story but me.

Acts 3: vs 2-6
There was a lame man, who was a begger, he had never walked, he was a burden on society. That was verses 2-6
But in vs 8 He is walking and leaping and praising God.

Vs 9-10 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

Listen: This chapter of my life may look rough, things might not look too good, I may have even slipped a couple of times.
I might have had to cry myself to sleep.

But don't judge me yet, don't write me off, don't finish my story because of a bad chapter,
Because in my next chapter I'm going to be amazing.

Jacob looked at the evidence and wrote Joseph off, but While Jacob was grieving over Joseph's death, Joseph was ruling over Egypt.

Tell your neighbor: I've got some good news for you.
The good news is: The bad news was wrong


The bad news said: You're going to die, but the good news said (Ye shall live and not die).
The bad news said: You're going to lose your mind: but the good news said: thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.
The bad news said: That lamb is gone, that marriage is dead, that son or that daughter is a hopeless case.
The bad news said: You'll never see your dreams fulfilled, you'll never have that ministry you've envisioned.
But the good news is: The bad news was wrong.
Joseph was not dead
That lamb was not dead
Oh yeah, it was the devils intention to kill Joseph it was the lions intention to kill that lamb.
But God wouldn't let the enemy close his mouth.


Sometimes God closes the lions mouth and he can't get it open, and sometimes he holds it open and he can't close it.

I want to tell somebody like Jacob, you've been looking at the evidence in front of you, and all the evidence is screaming disaster, it's screaming death, it's screaming hopeless, (It's saying:

Just write off your losses and settle for the leftovers).

But I know somebody here is sick and tired of leftovers, your sick and tired of settling for an ant hill when God has promised you the mountain.
I wish somebody would shout: No more leftovers

I am telling somebody: that The evidence is misleading,
Yes it's josephs coat, yes it covered in blood.
But it was not rent by a wild beast and it was not Josephs blood.

You see the enemy wants to provide you with just enough evidence that you will believe what you see in the world more than what you see in the word.

I'm getting ready to close: But I can't close without one more story.
David and his men had returned to ziklag to find their city burned with fire.
David knew the enemy's protocol, was to rape and pillage, and destroy, everything.
All the men including David, began to weep:
All their live stock, their wives and children were gone, (They began to speak of stoning David)

David could have sunk into deep depression, he could have contemplated suicide, he could have started blaming God. He could have lost his mind.

But in the darkest hour of David's life way down deep inside something began to stir in David, and the bible doesn't say it, but I just believe he remembered the day a lion violated his sheepfold, and I just believe he remembered, that things aren't always as they appear. And I just believe he remembered that the enemy is a master at presenting false evidence.

And David enquired of the Lord.
Shall I pursue?
God said: Thou shalt pursue, and thou shalt overtake and thou shalt surely recover all.
I came to tell somebody: The good news is (the bad news is wrong)
I came to tell somebody, It ain't over till you quit,
I came to tell somebody, It ain't like that

It ain't gone it's just out of sight.
Joseph isn't dead he's just out of sight
The lamb isn't dead it's just out of sight

Somebody tonight is getting a faith lift, somebody tonight is getting ready to shift into the faith dimension
And somebody is getting ready to take back what the devil stole from you.
That lion wanted to destroy that lamb, but God wouldn't let him close his mouth.
Somebody needs to know tonight that it's not gone it's just in storage.
God has been letting the devil hold it for you, till your faith was strong enough to fight back, and repossesses what belongs to you.

Tell your neighbor: Here's some good news for you today (The good news is, the bad news was wrong).