Sunday, July 30, 2017
A Treaty Of Bread
We arrived home around midnight. Tired as we were, we were excited to attend Sunday Service at Bethel. The BYG were pretty tired, but that didn't stop them from packing the alter area to worship the Lord while the choir was singing. They even started to pray for the sick. It was clear they were deeply impacted by the North American Youth Congress this year. Even my little boy was waving his green NAYC worship cloth they gave out, in the air as he shouted for Jesus. Bro. Davis who also attended NAYC was powered up and preached a dynamic sermon on, " A Treaty Of Bread". His main text was taken from Joshua 9:7-15 and Numbers 23:19. Just after Joshua and the Israelites entered the promise land , the Hives came the seeking peace. We must realize that when our God says what he means, he means what he says and does what he says. The church of the 21st century needs a revelation of the power of the spoken word of God. What God speaks comes into existence. God's word is more than a sound or symbol, it's a dynamic force that affects everything it touches. His word is a created power and a dynamic energy. His spoken word transforms things to accomplish a purpose. His word brings life where there is bareness. God said it, he can not lie. This past NAYC was life changing, not because of the music or the crowd. It was the spoken word of God that changed and transformed everyone. When God speaks, something happens. A transformation has to take place when God speaks to someone. Can you believe that his word is enough even if you do not "see" things happening around you. God is looking for people that will believe before or even without seeing. We must be in alignment with what God says. When I prays in agreement, they send 1,000 angels to flight. When two agree, they send 10,000 angels to flight. There is power when there is an agreement, it multiplies, the power of faith added to faith. An agreement is powerful and it can have a positive impact or a negative impact. It can be productive or destructive. The Israelites were going into their promised land. The Hivites knew about this and were afraid. They had been living in a small land that was a part of the promised land. They made a deceitful plan to bring to the Israelites. They wore torn clothing and worm out water bottles. They brought bread that was moldy. They really were very near, but made it look like they came from a long distance away. When they met up with the Israelites, they gave them story about how their people from a far away land knew how powerful their God was. They wanted to live in peace and asked for them to go into contract with them to save their people from harm. In those days, they broke bread together to show a sign of agreement. They broke and ate moldy bread to signify the agreement. The Israelites did this without going to God first in prayer. They didn't seek the counsel of the Lord and instead were deceived the their tattered appearance and moldy bread. It wasn't until 3 days later, that they realized that they had been deceived and that the Hivites were living in their promised land. Because they had made a treaty with moldy bread with them, they could not break their agreement. They were not able to occupy the land God had told them to occupy, because they had been tricked. The devil wants to destroy you. He will make some kind of offer to you. It's really moldy bread! An awakening needs to take place in the church. If you want to sit back and be involved watch out you are going to get run over. The church is alive and is going to take off. If you want you can make an agreement with moldy bread and it will keep you from God has for you. You won't be able to claim the territory that God has for you. Of you can chose to walk with God. You can chose to give you life to him and receive what God has for you. Who are you going to believe? The one with the moldy bread or the one who has power in his spoken word? Accept the treaty of living bread. It makes a difference who you make an agreement with. God's word is truth. He has a purpose and a plan for you. God wants you. Make a covenant with God, the living bread and claim the destiny he has for you. God is good.