Going in Circles
Preached - Friday May 30, 2003 - The YPWW Crusade Night Two
Free Deliverance Tabernacle Holiness Church - Prophet Henry Frye, Jr.
100 B Water Street - Camden, Alabama
Scripture: "And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go around about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams’ horns: and the seventh day shall compass the city seven times, and the priest shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpets, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him."
Tonight, I want to talk about "Going in Circles". The New International Version of the text says this: "March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound along blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in." "Going In Circles."
My brothers and sisters, saints and sinners, bond and free children of the Most High God, all of you that love the Lord, and to all of you in your respectable places. We do greet you in the name of the unparalleled, incomparable, and matchless name of Jesus, and do share with you his word of inspiration, wisdom, and hope. For his word is rich and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that we might be equipped for every good work.
Going In Circles
Do you sometimes feel you are just going around in circles? Do you feel like your life is taking you to New York when you’re trying to go to California? Are you sailing west trying to get to the East? Often we doubt our life’s direction and questions whether we have made the right choices. These are the times when we feel as if our best efforts are fruitless because we are no closer to our goals today than we were two years ago. Even the repetitions themselves start to irritate us after a while as we search for ways to break the monotony of doing the same things all the time with very little prospect of change. Going in circles often suggests confusion, frustration and loss of direction.
Many people spend their entire lives doing a lot of everything but accomplishing little or more truthfully nothing. They have no goals or direction. A person without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. Each will drift and not drive. Each will end up on the beaches of despair and despondency.
There are many ways to go around in circles. People who have fallen in love despite their best efforts often fell like they are going in circles. Parents who fail at motivating their children to do their best often feel they are going in circles. Business efforts that see more dead ends than runways often go in circles. Anytime our efforts seem to be fruitless; we have a tendency to feel we are going in circles.