Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to exhort the church to not be stagnant and satisifed with its accomplishments but to experience all that God has for it.
Antithesis: Every time God speaks to a church family the intent is to provide reproof, revival and motivation. As we seek to affirm the direction in which God is leading we are reminded that we have a responsibility to claim that which God has promised. I hope that you remember that ministry are cyclic in that they go through phases and ultimately sub-phases of ministry. The three major phases can be assessed as preparation, prosperity and persecution. Remember in preparation the church is finding its place in the kingdom and preparing for the ministry that God ultimately wants it to operate. In prosperity the ministry operates in the fullness of what God has ordained. And in persecution the ministry is in decline or regression. The problem of ministry is that we often time spend too much time in preparation and because prosperity is limited by factor we cannot control we fail to operate in the fullness of prosperity in the season that God appoints. From my perspective we are in preparation while we ought to be in prosperity. We have not reached the place of prosperity but have not operated in prosperity. Yet I am convinced that the heart of the people is ready for prosperity, that we are ready to walk in the fullness of all that God has for our church. If you can’t get excited about what God has for the church I want you to be aware that the prosperity that God wants us to walk in is not isolated to the church but will overflow in every area of your life.
Thesis: When God is pleased with us then God’s blessing will seep into every nook and cranny of our lives. I want my family to walk in prosperity, then get it right with God. I want to walk in prosperity on my job then get it right with God. I want my children to walk in prosperity then get it right with God. We concluded from last week the reason the exodus generation did not enter into their prosperity was because they had a seeing problem, opthomological, ontological and pneumatalogical. In other words they saw things wrong in the natural, in relation to the power of God and missed the move of God. Yet God points out that there were two whom got it and he calls Caleb by name declaring that he is going to experience the fullness of all that God has promised. God says of Caleb that he has a different spirit and has followed me whole heartedly and we suggest that what we need if we are going to walk in prosperity are those with a Caleb spirit. We are only going to walk in the prosperity that God promises when we adapt a different kind of spirit.
Relevent Question: I believe as we examine the traits of Joshua and Caleb in our text we can find clues on how we too kind walk in the prosperity that God has established.
1. They had the same view as the majority: 21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. 22 They went up into the Negeb, and came to Hebron; and Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the Anakites, were there. (Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 And they came to the Wadi Eshcol, and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them. They also brought some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Wadi Eshcol, because of the cluster that the Israelites cut down from there. 25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land.