Hillsong TV // Positioned for Blessing: Righteous Ownership, Pt1 with Brian Houston
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Hillsong TV // Positioned for Blessing: Righteous Ownership, Pt1 with Brian Houston


[MUSIC]>>DO YOU EVER WISH YOU COULD DO
MORE TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE? DO YOU FIND YOUR ABILITY TO
HELP OTHERS IS LIMITED BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN POSITION?
IF YOU COULD DO ANYTHING POSSIBLE TO HELP OTHERS,
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? SO TODAY I’M SPEAKING ABOUT
RIGHTEOUS OWNERSHIP, BEING POSITIONED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
I PRAY THIS MESSAGE REALLY SPEAKS LIFE INTO YOU TODAY.>>I GUESS MOST PEOPLE HAVE
HEARD OF THE GENOCIDE THAT HAPPENED IN RWANDA, IN AFRICA.
AND I MEAN, THE HORROR OF IT YOU CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE.
I HAVE HAD, IN SOME WAYS, A HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE OF
VISITING THE MEMORIAL. AND IN RWANDA, SOMETIMES,
ESPECIALLY IN THE TIME IMMEDIATELY AFTER THAT,
YOU’D JUST BE DRIVING ALONG FROM KIGALI INTO RURAL AREAS AND
YOU JUST SEE PEOPLE AND SOMEONE WILL JUST BE STANDING ALONE IN
A FIELD AND JUST STANDING STILL. AND YOU WOULDN’T JUST SEE IT
ONCE OR TWICE. YOU’D ACTUALLY SEE IT
QUITE A LOT, PEOPLE JUST LIKE ALMOST LIKE THEY WERE
NAILED TO THE SPOT. AND THEY HAD A NAME FOR IT
IN RWANDA AND THEY ACTUALLY CALLED IT “IDLE.”
THE REASON THEY CALLED IT IDLE IS BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE
STANDING FIXED TO A SPOT, THEY WERE STANDING STILL.
AND THE TRUTH BEHIND IT IS MANY PEOPLE HAD HAD THE HORROR OF
WITNESSING, ACTUALLY WITNESSING, THE SLAUGHTER OF THEIR FAMILIES
AND THE LOSS OF THEIR HOME AND THINGS TOO HORRENDOUS
FOR US TO EVEN IMAGINE. AND THEY STOOD IDLE BECAUSE
THEY HAD NOWHERE TO GO. EVERYTHING WAS GONE AND IT’S
LIKE ALMOST BEING COMATOSE, JUST FIXED TO A SPOT, IDLE.
WELL, I’VE BEEN IN CAPE TOWN WHERE, OF COURSE, WE HAVE
HILLSONG CAPE TOWN AND OFTEN ON THE WAY TO AND FROM
THE SERVICES, WE’D PASS A PARTICULAR CORNER–
AND CAPE TOWN HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES
IN THE WORLD AND THERE’S SO MANY THINGS GOING FOR IT.
BUT THERE’S THIS ONE CORNER AND OFTEN ON THAT CORNER, THERE’S
FROM EARLY IN THE MORNING ‘TIL LATE AT NIGHT, THERE’D BE LIKE
A CROWD OF PEOPLE. AND SO I’VE ASKED THE DRIVER
WHY THEY’RE THERE AND HE SAYS, “WELL, PEOPLE ARE HOPING SOMEONE
WILL COME ALONG AND GIVE THEM A JOB.
AND SOMETIMES FARMERS OR PEOPLE WILL COME ALONG
AND PICK UP PEOPLE AND GIVE THEM A DAY’S WORK.”
AND SO THEY’RE JUST STANDING THERE IDLE, STANDING STILL.
AND SOME, OF COURSE, THEY STAND THERE ALL DAY AND THEY’RE
WAITING ALL DAY FOR SOMEBODY WHO WOULD JUST GIVE THEM
AN OPPORTUNITY, MAYBE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FEED THEIR
FAMILY FOR ONE MORE DAY, MAYBE AN OPPORTUNITY SOMEHOW
TO JUST GET THROUGH ANOTHER DAY. AND THE PEOPLE WEREN’T LAZY, NO,
THEY WEREN’T BEING SLACK, THEY WERE JUST IDLE BECAUSE AT
THAT MOMENT, THEY’RE WAITING FOR THEIR OPPORTUNITY.
WELL, JESUS TELLS A STORY OF EXACTLY THE SAME CONDITION.
HE TALKS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WERE IDLE AND HE TALKS ABOUT
THE PERSON WHO WAS POSITIONED TO BRING THEM BLESSING AND TO GIVE
THEM OPPORTUNITY AND THE PERSON WHO WAS POSITIONED TO GIVE THEM
OPPORTUNITY WAS A LANDOWNER. MATTER OF FACT, JESUS,
IN THE STORIES HE TELLS, HE OFTEN USES THE IDEA OF LAND
OR LAND OWNERSHIP WHEN IT CAME TO RELATING THE KINGDOM OF GOD
TO EVERYDAY THINGS. HE TELLS ANOTHER STORY,
JESUS TELLS A STORY ABOUT A GUY WHO HE KNOWS THERE’S
TREASURE ON SOME LAND. AND, OF COURSE,
USING SOME WISDOM, HE DIDN’T TELL ANYONE ELSE.
HE BOUGHT THE LAND. AND BY BUYING THE LAND, THEN HE
WAS ABLE TO HAVE THE TREASURE THAT THE LAND BROUGHT TO HIM.
JESUS TOLD THE STORY. WELL, HERE IN MATTHEW 20,
LET ME READ THE FIRST FEW VERSES AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT THIS IS.
AND DON’T FORGET, MY MESSAGE IS CALLED
“POSITIONED FOR BLESSING.” “POSITIONED FOR BLESSING” OR IF
YOU PREFER, RIGHTEOUS OWNERSHIP. “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE
A LANDOWNER WHO WENT OUT EARLY IN THE MORNING TO HIRE
LABORERS FOR HIS VINEYARD. NOW WHEN HE HAD AGREED
WITH THE LABORERS FOR A DENARIUS A DAY–”
A DENARIUS IS A FAIR DAY’S PAY FOR A FULL DAY’S WORK.
AND SO IT’S A RIGHT GIVING OR, IF YOU LIKE, REWARD AT THE TIME,
FOR A FULL DAY’S WORK. SO HE AGREED WITH THEM.
HE WAS A MAN OF HIS WORD. “HE AGREED WITH THEM THAT
HE WOULD GIVE THEM A DENARIUS A DAY AND THEN HE SENT
THEM INTO HIS VINEYARD.” VERSE 3, “HE WENT OUT ABOUT
THE THIRD HOUR, 3 HOURS LATER, AND SAW OTHERS STANDING IDLE–”
EVERYONE SAY, “IDLE–” “IN THE MARKETPLACE, AND
HE SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ALSO GO INTO THE VINEYARD, AND WHATEVER
IS RIGHT I WILL GIVE YOU.'” HE WAS A RIGHTEOUS LANDOWNER.
HE WAS GONNA DO WHAT HE AGREED AND HE WOULD DO WHAT WAS RIGHT.
SO THEY WENT. VERSE 5, “AGAIN HE WENT OUT
ABOUT THE SIXTH,” WHICH IS MIDDAY, “AND THE NINTH,”
3 P.M., “AND DID LIKEWISE. AND ABOUT THE ELEVENTH HOUR–”
ELEVEN HOURS INTO THE WORKING DAY, HE WENT OUT AGAIN AND
THIS TIME HE WENT OUT IN VERSE 6 AND FOUND OTHERS STANDING IDLE.
SO THEY’D BEEN THERE ALL DAY. “AND SAID TO THEM, ‘WHY HAVE YOU
BEEN STANDING HERE IDLE ALL DAY?’
AND THEY SAID, ‘BECAUSE NO ONE HIRED US.’
HE SAID TO THEM, ‘YOU ALSO GO INTO THE VINEYARD, AND WHATEVER
IS RIGHT YOU WILL RECEIVE.'” A LANDOWNER WAS POSITIONED
TO BRING OPPORTUNITY, HE WAS POSITIONED TO BE A BLESSING.
KEEP THAT IN MIND. THE STORY STARTS
EARLY IN THE MORNING. HE GOES OUT TO WHERE
PEOPLE ARE STANDING IDLE AND GIVES THEM THE RIGHT PAY
FOR A FULL DAY’S WORK. THREE HOURS LATER, MORE,
HE SAYS, “I’LL DO WHAT’S RIGHT. I’LL DO WHAT I AGREE–”
12, 3, 5 P.M. IN THE AFTERNOON, HE GOES OUT
AND ONE MORE TIME HE SAYS, “WHY ARE YOU HERE?”
AND THEY SAID, “WELL, NO ONE HAS EMPLOYED US.”
AND SO WITH 1 HOUR LEFT TO WORK, HE GIVES THEM AN HOUR’S WORK.
BUT THE AMAZING THING IS THIS, HE THEN DOES SOMETHING
WHICH JESUS APPLIED AND SAID, “THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST.”
THAT WAS THE POINT JESUS WAS MAKING.
THE PEOPLE WHO ONLY WORKED 1 HOUR, THE LANDOWNER WAS IN
A POSITION TO BE ABLE TO BLESS THEM AND HE GAVE THEM
THE SAME PAY AS THE PEOPLE WHO HAD STARTED 6 O’CLOCK
IN THE MORNING. THAT’S A BLESSING.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK FOR 1 HOUR AND GET A FULL DAY’S PAY?
WELL, THIS IS THE WAY HUMAN NATURE IS, IN THIS SENSE,
NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED. THE PEOPLE WHO STARTED OUT IN
THE MORNING, THEY WERE GETTING WHAT WAS RIGHT, BUT THEY’RE
GOING, “HANG ON, HANG ON” IS MY PARAPHRASE VERSION.
THEY’RE GOING, “HOLD ON, WE’VE CARRIED THIS BURDEN AND WE’VE
WORKED IN THE HEAT ALL DAY AND YOU WANT TO GIVE THEM
THE SAME AS YOU GIVE TO US.” ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY STARTED
GETTING UPSET BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE WAS GETTING MORE THAN THEM.
IT TELLS THE STORY IN VERSE 12. IT ACTUALLY SAYS, “THESE LAST
MEN HAVE WORKED ONLY ONE HOUR, AND YOU MADE THEM EQUAL TO US
WHO HAVE BORNE THE BURDEN AND THE HEAT OF THE DAY.’
BUT HE ANSWERED ONE OF THEM AND SAID, ‘FRIEND,
I AM DOING YOU NO WRONG.’ HE SAYS, ‘DID YOU NOT AGREE
WITH ME FOR A FULL DAY’S PAY? TAKE WHAT IS YOURS
AND GO YOUR WAY. I WISH TO GIVE TO THIS LAST MAN
THE SAME AS TO YOU. IS IT NOT LAWFUL FOR ME
TO DO WHAT I WISH WITH MY OWN THINGS?'”
I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT IT. “‘OR IS YOUR EYE EVIL
BECAUSE I AM GOOD?'” JEALOUSY, I HEARD IT
DESCRIBED AT WISHING YOU HAD WHAT SOMEONE ELSE HAD.
YOU KNOW, JEALOUSY, IT CAN COME FROM A PRETTY BITTER ROOT
BUT SOMETIMES SOMEONE GETS TO TAKE THEIR KIDS TO DISNEYLAND
AND YOU JUST THINK, “OH, MAN, I’M JEALOUS.”
SO IT CAN BE ANYTHING FROM THAT TO ACTUALLY BEING, YOU KNOW,
A REAL SIN, A REAL BITTERNESS. ENVY, IF JEALOUSY IS “I WISH
I HAD WHAT YOU HAVE,” ENVY IS, “I WISH YOU DIDN’T HAVE IT.”
IT’S A DIFFERENT SPIRIT ALTOGETHER.
THE MAN SAID TO THESE PEOPLE “IS YOUR EYE EVIL BECAUSE
I’M IN A POSITION TO DO GOOD?” THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MOMENT
AND THINK ABOUT CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE.
THINK ABOUT HOW SOMETIMES WE CAN LOOK AT SOMEBODY WHO, PERHAPS,
HAS MORE THAN US OR LIVES IN A HOME THAT’S BETTER THAN OURS
AND JUST LIKE THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD, YOU CAN THINK
TO YOURSELF, “THAT’S WRONG.” I WANT YOU TO THINK OF IT, NOT
IN TERMS OF POSITIONS AND STUFF AND THINGS, NOT FROM THAT–
BUT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT POSITION.
DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MAN
WHO SAID, “IS IT NOT LAWFUL OR RIGHT FOR ME TO DO WHAT
I WISH WITH MY OWN THINGS?” I DON’T KNOW TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO
ARE IN A POSITION TO DO WHATEVER THEY WISH WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT
GOD’S PUT IN THEIR HEART, WHEN IT COMES TO BLESSING PEOPLE
OR HELPING PEOPLE OR TO BE THE PERSON WHO IS AT
THE FOUNDATION OF OPPORTUNITY. MOST PEOPLE I KNOW ARE NOT IN
A POSITION TO DO WHAT THEY WISH, BUT THEY ARE IN A POSITION
TO DO WHAT THEY CAN. WOULDN’T IT BE AMAZING IF RATHER
THAN BEING UNDER THE WEIGHT, YOU KNOW, THE TAIL AND NOT THE HEAD,
OF SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ENCUMBER YOU AND BEING AT
THE MERCY OFTEN OF OTHER PEOPLE, WHOEVER THEY ARE, WOULDN’T IT BE
AMAZING IF YOU COULD BELIEVE GOD TO BE POSITIONED TO BLESSING SO
THAT YOU COULD LIVE YOUR LIFE, WHEN IT COMES TO GOD’S PURPOSE
AND GOD’S WILL IN YOUR LIFE, NOT JUST BEING LIMITED TO DO WHAT
YOU CAN, BUT RATHER TO BE BETTER POSITIONED TO DO WHAT YOU WISH?
OF COURSE, BECAUSE A LITTLE LIKE THESE WORKERS AND WE CAN LOOK
AT SOMEBODY ELSE AND OFTENTIMES MIND-SET MENTALITY IS WE’RE
LIKE THE ONES WHO, LOOK HERE, IN THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY.
AND WE LOOK AT OUR RIGHTS AND WE LOOK AT OUR PLACE.
BUT I PRAY THAT WE CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT SPIRIT,
A DIFFERENT SPIRIT. DO YOU KNOW GENEROSITY HAS
LITTLE TO DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE, IN ONE SENSE?
IT HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH WHAT WE HAVE.
YOU KNOW THE DEVASTATION THAT’S HAPPENED IN NEW YORK CITY.
WE ALL HAVE HEARD THE STORIES IN NEW JERSEY AND IN THE EAST COAST
OF AMERICA BUT WE’VE GOT A CHURCH ON THE GROUND
IN NEW YORK NOW AND BELIEVE ME, THE PERSONAL STORIES THAT
I’M HEARING IS EVEN MUCH GRAVER THAN WHAT WE’VE HEARD.
YOU KNOW, THE SITUATION IS HORRENDOUS AND THE REALITY IS,
THE TRUTH IS THAT WE’RE POSITIONED.
THEY’RE RIGHT THERE AND I’LL TELL YOU WHAT BLESSED ME WAS
THAT THE NEWS SHOWED PICTURES OF VOLUNTEERS HELPING PEOPLE
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM AND IN TERRIBLE SITUATIONS
AND THEY WERE LIKE KEY PEOPLE IN OUR CHURCH.
ONE OF THEM IN NEW YORK CITY, IT WAS HIS 30TH BIRTHDAY AND HE
WAS OUT THERE IN THE NIGHTTIME HELPING OTHER PEOPLE
AND BRINGING ANSWERS. WELL, LOOK WHAT BIJU
FROM MUMBAI WROTE TO OUR PASTOR IN NEW YORK CITY, CARL.
HE SENT THIS TEXT, HE SAYS, “HI CARL, I’M TAKING
A COLLECTION FROM MUMBAI TOWARDS RELIEF WORK IN NEW YORK CITY.
CAN WE GIVE IT THROUGH THE CHURCH?”
LOOK AT CARL’S REPLY. “THIS WOULD BE MY MAN BIJU FROM
INDIA, PERHAPS THE MOST POVERTY STRICKEN PLACE IN THE WORLD…
ONCE AGAIN PROVING THAT GENEROSITY IS A STATE OF MIND,
NOT A STATE OF MONEY.” THAT’S A GREAT QUOTE
RIGHT THERE. IT’S A STATE OF MIND,
NOT A STATE OF MONEY. IT’S A STATE OF MIND,
NOT A STATE OF MONEY. HE SAYS, “UNBELIEVABLE.
UNBELIEVABLE.” IT WAS A LANDOWNER,
A RIGHTEOUSNESS LANDOWNER WHO WAS POSITIONED FOR BLESSING.
OF COURSE, SOMETIMES THE WAY THAT PEOPLE HOLD ON TO THINGS
AND STUFF AND POSSESSIONS AND LAND AND PROPERTY, IF WE LOOK
BACK IN HISTORY, IT CAN BE USED IN A VERY UNRIGHTEOUSNESS WAY.
SOME PEOPLE ALL IT REPRESENTS IS GREED AND SELFISHNESS.
OTHER PEOPLE IT LITERALLY HAS BEEN A WAY OF CONTROL.
THEY USE WHAT THEY HAVE TO CONTROL OTHER PEOPLE.
I MEAN, FOR SOME PEOPLE, LITERALLY IN THE PAST,
LANDOWNERS HAVE REPRESENTED TO THEM SLAVERY, AND SO IT
CAN BE USED VERY UNRIGHTEOUSLY. BUT WHAT IF WE ARE COMING
FROM A RIGHTEOUS PERSPECTIVE? WHAT IF WE CAN BE POSITIONED
TO BE THE PERSON WHO GETS CLOSER TO DOING WHAT GOD PUTS IN
OUR HEART, TO BEING THOSE WHO ARE ABLE TO BRING OPPORTUNITY
AND BLESSING TO OTHER PEOPLE? PEOPLE WHO ARE LITERALLY
PARALYZED, PARALYZED, BECAUSE A LACK OF OPPORTUNITY, NOT LACK
OF HEART, NOT LACK OF POTENTIAL, NOT LACK OF PROMISE,
JUST LACK OF OPPORTUNITY. AND, OF COURSE, LACK OF
OPPORTUNITY ISN’T JUST FOR THE MOST IMPOVERISHED
AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE DEEPEST NEED
AND THE MOST BROKEN. SOME OF YOU, YOU’RE NOWHERE NEAR
THAT POSITION YET STILL WHERE YOU’RE AT, YOU DON’T HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT YOU WISH.
HOPEFULLY YOU’RE DOING WHAT YOU CAN ‘CAUSE THAT’S CALLED
GENEROSITY, BUT YOU CAN’T BE GENEROUS WITH WHAT YOU
DON’T HAVE. IF YOU RENT A HOME, YOU CAN’T
GIVE AWAY THE HOUSE TO SOMEONE ELSE AND THEN TELL SOMEONE,
“I GAVE AWAY YOUR HOUSE.” YOU CAN’T, YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT
IF YOU WANT TO GIVE IT. THAT’S WHAT
2 CORINTHIANS 8 SAYS. IT’S TALKING SPECIFICALLY
ABOUT GIVING. IT SAYS, “FOR IF THERE IS FIRST
A WILLING MIND, IT’S ACCEPTED ACCORDING TO WHAT ONE HAS,
AND NOT ACCORDING TO WHAT THEY DO NOT HAVE.”
IN OTHER WORDS, WE CAN BE GENEROUS WITH WHAT WE HAVE
AND IF THAT’S A WIDOW’S MITE, IF ALL THAT YOU HAVE, WELL,
THANK GOD IT’S A STATE OF MIND AND NOT A STATE OF MONEY.
BUT WHAT IF YOU’RE IN A POSITION TO BE A RIGHTEOUS OWNER,
IN OTHER WORDS, TO HAVE A HOME OR TO HAVE LAND OR TO BE ABLE TO
BE IN A PLACE WHERE YOU ARE THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL, WHERE
YOU’RE ABOVE AND NOT BENEATH, WHERE YOU’RE THE LENDER
AND NOT THE BORROWER? IN OTHER WORDS, YOU’RE
THE ONE WHO BRINGS OPPORTUNITY, NOT THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS
AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS. BUT, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO
BALANCE THAT BECAUSE WE’RE ON A PILGRIMAGE, A JOURNEY.
WE KNOW THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME.
WE KNOW WE’RE JUST PASSING THROUGH.
WE KNOW THAT AS PEOPLE WHO KNOW JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR
THAT YOU HAVE AN ETERNAL HOPE THAT HEAVEN IS YOUR HOME.
AND WHAT A POWERFUL PROMISE THAT IS.
SO WE’RE PILGRIMS IN A SENSE. WE’RE IN THIS WORLD, BUT
WE’RE NOT OF THIS WORLD, WHICH CERTAINLY, IN MY MIND, DOESN’T
MAKE ANYONE HERE BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.
IT JUST MEANS THANK GOD FOR THE GRACE OF GOD
WHO WOULD TAKE SOMEBODY LIKE ME AND GIVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY.
SO HOW DOES THAT WORK TOGETHER, THE THOUGHT OF OWNING LAND OR
PROPERTY OR BEING IN A POSITION WHERE, LIKE THIS LANDOWNER IN
THE STORY JESUS TOLD, WE’RE MUCH BETTER POSITIONED TO DO WHAT
WE WISH WHEN WE’RE NOT EVEN THINKING OF OURSELF BUT WE’RE
THINKING ABOUT THE WORLD AROUND AND ABOUT US?
AND I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT, YOU KNOW, GOD BIRTHED IN
YOUR SPIRIT WHEN IT COMES TO HIS PURPOSE WHAT YOUR DREAM IS,
I DON’T KNOW. AND IT MAY NOT EVEN BE ONE
OF THE THINGS I’VE SPOKEN OF. IT MAY BE ENTIRELY DIFFERENT.
YOU SEE, I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ON A PILGRIMAGE BUT PSALM 84
TALKS ABOUT A MAN THAT’S ON A PILGRIMAGE.
IT SAYS, “BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE STRENGTH IS IN GOD, WHOSE
HEART IS SET ON PILGRIMAGE.” IN OTHER WORDS, IT’S A PERSON
WHO’S GOING SOMEWHERE. THEY’RE ON A JOURNEY.
THEY REALIZE THAT THEY’RE ON A JOURNEY.
AND PILGRIMAGE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND IN
THE SCRIPTURES, IT’S ALWAYS A PILGRIMAGE TO A PLACE TO LAND.
WE KNOW, NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS, THAT WE’RE ON
A PILGRIM TOWARDS HEAVEN, TOWARDS ETERNITY
AND IT’S POWERFUL. BUT WHAT SHOULD OUR ATTITUDE BE
IN THAT PILGRIMAGE? SHOULD IT BE, “WELL, I’M GOING
TO HEAVEN SO I DON’T NEED, I DON’T NEED–
I DON’T NEED A HOUSE. I DON’T NEED.”
THE IDEA OF JUST LIVING LIFE ACCORDING TO WHAT I NEED,
IT CAN BE A VERY NARROW WAY OF THINKING.
I DON’T NEED. WELL, LISTEN TO THE PILGRIMAGE
AGAIN, PSALM 84:6 GOES ON TALKING ABOUT THE MAN WHOSE
HEART IS SET ON PILGRIMAGE. “AND AS THEY PASS THROUGH
THE VALLEY OF BACA–” BACA, BACA.
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS, WEEPING.
“AS THEY PASS THROUGH THE VALLEY OF WEEPING,” IT SAYS, “THEY
MAKE IT A SPRING; THE RAIN ALSO COVERS IT WITH POOLS.”
THE WORD “POOLS” IS LITERALLY BLESSING.
AND SO IT PAINTS THE PICTURE OF SOMEONE WHOSE HEART
IS SET ON PILGRIMAGE. THEIR STRENGTH IS IN THE LORD
AND ON THAT JOURNEY, THEY PASS THROUGH THE SAME TYPE OF
TRIALS OF WEEPING AND PAIN THAT PERHAPS IN YOUR WORLD
YOU CAN RELATE TO. BUT AS THEY PASS THROUGH
THE VALLEY OF WEEPING, THEY’RE NOT CONTENT
JUST TO KEEP BELIEVING, “WELL, GOD DIDN’T ANSWER HIS PRAYER.
WELL, YOU KNOW, I BELIEVE GOD HASN’T HAPPENED.”
NO, THEY STAYED COMMITTED ON THIS PILGRIMAGE.
IT SAYS, “AS THEY PASS THROUGH THE VALLEY OF WEEPING,” IT SAYS,
“THEY TURNED IT INTO A SPRING; THE RAIN ALSO COVERS IT
WITH POOLS OF BLESSING.” THEY WERE ON A PILGRIMAGE
TOWARDS BLESSING. A PERSON WHOSE STRENGTH
IS IN THE LORD AND WHOSE HEART IS SET ON PILGRIMAGE.
VERSE 7, THEY GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, NOT FROM POST TO
POST, FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, NOT CHASING YOUR TAIL LIKE YOUR
PUPPY DOG DOES, YOU KNOW, BEING THE TAIL AND NOT THE HEAD.
THEY GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.
I WOULD SAY WE SHOULD LOOK AT PILGRIMAGE THROUGH THE LENS OR
THE FILTER OF ETERNAL PURPOSE. AND IF I LOOK THROUGH THE LENS
OF ETERNAL PURPOSE, WHICH TO ME, SOME THINGS ARE OLD COVENANT,
OLD TESTAMENT, AND JESUS, OF COURSE, HE BRINGS
A NEW COVENANT. SOME THINGS ARE OLD TESTAMENT,
SOME THINGS ARE NEW TESTAMENT, SOME THINGS ARE ETERNAL
PRINCIPLES. SO I THINK THAT WE, ON THIS
JOURNEY, BEING COMMITTED TO GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH,
I BELIEVE THAT I WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE SO I’M NOT JUST THINKING
OF ME IN HEAVEN. I’M THINKING ABOUT GENERATIONS.
I BELIEVE IT’S AN ETERNAL PRINCIPLE TO THINK
GENERATIONALLY, TO THINK ABOUT COMING AFTER YOU, BEING IN
A POSITION WHERE YOU CAN BRING THE KIND OF STRENGTH THAT
SETS UP ANOTHER GENERATION. AND THE GREATEST THING THAT
WE COULD PASS ON TO OUR OWN CHILDREN OR TO ANY OTHER
PEOPLE IN A COMING GENERATION IS OBVIOUSLY GOD’S LOVE AND
TO LOVE IS THE BEST THING THAT WE COULD EVER DO.
TEACH GODLY WISDOM AND VALUES, THAT’S THE BEST THING–
THAT’S THE GREATEST INHERITANCE ANYONE COULD HOPE FOR.
BUT GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE VALLEY OF WEEPING, BEING COMMITTED TO TURNING IT
INTO POOLS OF BLESSING, GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH.
THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT’S REALLY
A POWERFUL THOUGHT AND I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU OF MY FAITH IS
THAT YOU’LL BE POSITIONED FOR GREATER BLESSING IN YOUR LIFE.>>I GUESS THERE’S NOTHING MUCH
MORE FRUSTRATING THAN FINDING OURSELVES IDLE, UNABLE TO MOVE,
BECAUSE OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. WHATEVER IT IS THAT CAUSES YOU
TO BE LIMITED OR INHIBITED, WHETHER MAYBE IT’S JUST THAT
YOUR OVERWHELMING DEBT MAKES IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO
STEP OUT AND STEP INTO ALL THAT YOU FEEL GOD’S CALLED YOU TO DO.
OR FOR SOME PEOPLE, LITERALLY IT’S BECAUSE OF
THEIR PHYSICAL CONDITION. WHATEVER IT IS, I DON’T BELIEVE
IT’S THE WILL OF GOD FOR US TO BE LIMITED.
I BELIEVE IT’S THE WILL OF GOD FOR US TO STEP UP, TAKE A HOLD
OF THE OPPORTUNITY THAT’S ALL AROUND OF US AND LIVE LIVES
THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I LOVE THIS STORY
OF A LANDOWNER. YOU SEE, HE OWNED VINEYARDS
WHICH PUT HIM IN A POSITION TO EMPLOY OTHER PEOPLE.
WELL, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING IS ABOUT OWNERSHIP,
BUT I DO KNOW THAT IF YOU THINK, NOT ONLY OF
YOURSELF BUT YOU THINK BEYOND YOURSELF, THEN OWNERSHIP
CAN BE ALL ABOUT POSITIONING US TO MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE.
I’M ALL FOR THAT. I BELIEVE IT’S A GREAT THING
FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEMSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE
THEY’RE NO LONGER THE TAIL, THEY BECOME THE HEAD,
WHERE THEY’RE NO LONGER BENEATH, THEY BECOME ABOVE, AS IT WERE.
BECAUSE FROM THAT POSITION, IF YOU WANT TO SERVE GOD WITH
YOUR LIFE, YOU’RE POSITIONED PHYSICALLY IN A WAY
WHERE YOU CAN DO IT WITH SO MUCH MORE CAPACITY.>>IN END OF 2010 AND RIGHT
THROUGH 2011, WE HAD A REALLY HARD TIME FOR OUR FAMILY.
MICHAEL, MY HUSBAND, GOT VERY SICK AND WE ENDED UP WITH EIGHT
OPERATIONS IN THAT TIME AND LONG PERIODS OF TIME IN HOSPITAL. DURING THAT SEASON THAT YOU
JUST HAVE TO JUST NAIL DOWN AND JUST SAY, “I CAN DO THIS,
JUST GET THROUGH IT AND STAY STRONG FOR EVERYBODY,”
BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT’S A SEASON. IT’S JUST A SEASON.
YOU JUST GOTTA GET THROUGH THAT SEASON. WE WERE OVERWHELMED
WITH THE SUPPORT THAT WE GOT FROM OUR LOCAL CHURCH.
WE HAD A FRIDGE FULL OF FOOD AND WE HAD PEOPLE THAT WERE LOOKING
AFTER MY KIDS, DOING THE DROP OFFS, THE PICK UPS.
WE JUST FELT SO SUPPORTED AND LOVED. MICHAEL HAD HIS LAST
OPERATION IN OCTOBER 2011 AND IT WAS AT THIS TIME AND THAT WE
WERE SEEING THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL AND WE BASICALLY
KNEW THAT HE WAS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.
AND IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT I ASKED, “HOW CAN I HELP?
I WANT TO VOLUNTEER. I WANT TO DO SOMETHING.”
AND SHE SAID, “WELL, ACTUALLY THERE IS A NEED AT THE MOMENT
AND THE NEED IS TO HELP COORDINATE MEALS FOR PEOPLE
THAT ARE IN HOSPITAL.” AND I SAID, “WELL,
THAT SOUNDS LIKE ME.” WE WILL HEAR OF A NEED OF
SOMEBODY THAT’S IN HOSPITAL AT THE MOMENT AND THEN I’LL GET
ON THE PHONE AND I’LL RING UP THE TEAM OF LADIES
THAT HELP WITH THE MEALS. THE IMPACT THAT YOU CAN HAVE
JUST BY GIVING A MEAL IS AMAZING.
YOU’RE GIVING SOMETHING PRACTICAL, HELP TO SOMEBODY
AND THIS IS NOW A DOOR THAT’S OPENED UP FOR THEM
TO EXPERIENCE JESUS’ LOVE.>>HERE I AM
DOWN ON MY KNEES AGAIN SURRENDERING ALL
SURRENDERING ALL AND FIND ME HERE
LORD AS YOU DRAW ME NEAR DESPERATE FOR YOU
DESPERATE FOR YOU I SURRENDER [MUSIC] DRENCH MY SOUL
AS MERCY AND GRACE UNFOLD I HUNGER AND THIRST
I HUNGER AND THIRST WITH ARMS STRETCHED WIDE
I KNOW YOU HEAR MY CRY SPEAK TO ME NOW
SPEAK TO ME NOW I SURRENDER
I SURRENDER I WANT TO KNOW YOU MORE
I WANT TO KNOW YOU MORE I SURRENDER
I SURRENDER I WANT TO KNOW YOU MORE
I WANT TO KNOW YOU MORE [MUSIC] LIKE A RUSHING WIND
JESUS BREATHE WITHIN LORD HAVE YOUR WAY
LORD HAVE YOUR WAY IN ME LIKE A MIGHTY STORM
STIR WITHIN MY SOUL LORD HAVE YOUR WAY>>I HAVE NO DOUBT
THAT LIFE IS FOR LIVING. I PRAY THAT YOU MAY KNOW
THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST IN A VERY REAL
AND A VERY PERSONAL WAY. FAITH IS NOT ABOUT RELIGION.
FAITH IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND THAT KIND OF
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS AVAILABLE TO YOU
THROUGH THE LOVE OF JESUS. GOD BLESS YOU.
I APPRECIATE YOU JOINING ME AND I BELIEVE
THE BEST IS YET TO COME.

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