I’ve been teaching on Godly principles and why do you think I’ve been teaching on them? Mainly because they work. You have to work them if you want to become a magnet for blessings.
Today I’ll be talking about steadfast and faithful. If you become steadfast and faithful, this will lead you to success in whatever your endeavors are.
Jotham became mighty because he prepared his way before the Lord, his God.
So, who is this person? He was the king at that time in Israel. He took over the responsibility at a young age, he was 25 years old and he had already been king for 16 years.
The interesting thing about Chronicles is it talks about kings, and how one was a good king, then he died. Then another king would take over, usually someone in the household, and he was a bad king.
He didn’t do the things God wanted him to do then he died, and it goes on and on about these different kings.
The ones that seemed to do what God wanted them to do seemed to prosper. The ones who fought Him and didn’t do what God wanted him to do, things didn’t go so well.
As long as Jotham sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
As time went on, Jotham decided he was going to do things his way. The next thing you know, he got leprosy.
In time, Jotham died, and he was buried with his father, then his son took over. His son observed this; it’s probably where he got the idea, I think I’m going to do it God’s way.
So he did.
2 Chronicles 27:6
And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done.
Do you hear the difference? He did what was right.
When you do right things, you can expect good results,
This is so basic, so common yet why people don’t do it baffles me.
We’re not going very deep today because people don’t understand what deep is.
If you can’t get through the shallow, why go deep? At least get through the shallow part and understand this. Teach this to your children. This will change your life if they learn it. God will support it.
If God were to show you everything He has in store for you, it would boggle your mind, and you wouldn’t believe it.
The things He has for you are not dependent on your talent, not dependent on your personality, or your hard work, it will happen when God commands it. When He commands it, it comes.
It’s called God’s anointing, and when His anointing comes on you, it is more important than any talent.
In the music part of the church, the enemy will usually try to invade that first. Why? Lucifer was the worship leader. He thought he was the best. Nobody was better than him. Not even God.
We get people like that. They will say, “I’m so good, you need me up there.” That’s the first red flag for me to say, “You’re not going up there.”
We’ll let you come to church, but you’re going to be in front of me for quite awhile before I let you stand behind me.
The Lord says you should have wisdom with the friends you pick. If I’m putting someone on the platform, they better be my friend so I can trust them.
You don’t let just anybody take over things. I don’t care what their credentials are. Learn the person.
Once they think they’re the best, they’re dangerous.
I’m talking about God’s anointing.
How do you get it on you? How do you get it going so things start to happen? By being steadfast and faithful. You have to activate it. There’s something you have to do.
How do you activate God’s anointing?
- Get to work on time.
- Do more than you have to.
- Be a person of excellence and integrity.
Those three things could change your life.
Get to work on time. Don’t be a person who people are going to wonder if you’re going to show up.
We’ve tried hiring painters and plumbers for the church, and it is hard to get people to show up. We asked five companies for a quote on the new air conditioner. Only one showed up.
When you get to work, be ready to work. Get there early enough to get your coffee and be mentally ready to start the day. Learn to be ready that when the phone rings, you can answer it.
Do more than you’re asked. Jesus taught this principle.
If you want to get noticed, do more than you’re asked to do. Go the extra mile, do a little extra. Somebody is watching you. People talk. They talk about your company. Are you a good rep so that people can talk highly of you? Or are you not so good?
Be a person of excellence and integrity. Have some integrity about your work. Do the best you can. Maybe you’re not the best, but do it the best you can.
That’s all God wants you to do. That’s what we do around here. There’s a lot of things we would like to do to improve the place, but in the meantime, it’s always going to be clean, it’s always going to be the best that we can make it.
If you do these three things, then the right people will find you. The right opportunities will track you down. Blessings will overtake you. You’ll become a magnet for blessings that come to you because you have this right attitude and you’re approaching it the right way.
There’s a person I know very well that has done this. A few years back, 1991, she graduated out of Lansing Community College as an LPN.
She went on to become an RN. Then she got recruited by the University of California hospital. After moving to California, she did very well.
She ended up being a nurse to the stars. Liz Taylor had her own suite at this hospital.
She ended up getting recruited by Baylor hospital in Texas and took the job.
She was never looking; these opportunities just came to her.
They paid her expenses and helped her find a place in Texas. She worked hard there and worked up the ranks.
She kept adding to her education and got her bachelor’s degree and then Master’s degree. The next thing you know, an elitist hospital called Medical City recruited her.
Now, this lady is in the elitist group of the medical field in Dallas, Texas. Without even trying, she was elevated.
Why does this all happen?
She got to work on time and did more than she was asked to do. She always had excellence and integrity in her life.
Now there’s a new thing going on in Irving, Texas in the medical field. The attorneys that run it oversee all the hospitals in the area. One of them has contacted her about an opening.
Did she seek any of this out? No. It just started happening.
When you’re following God, and you’re open to everything He wants for you, and you’re doing everything He wants you to do, things like this start to happen.
“Well, it’s not happening to me.”
Maybe you need to do a little bit more.
There are these things called tests. God tests. “Well, I don’t think that’s fair.”
Too bad. Take it up with Him.
He does test us.
Well done, good and faithful servant. You are faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of the Lord.
Are you faithful? Do you do your best? I hope you do.
A good and faithful servant is how Jesus refers to this person.
The story of the talents is talking about abilities.
In this case, the master gave someone five talents, one person he gave two talents, and another person he gave one talent, to see what they would do with it over a period.
The one that had the most did the most because he had the ability. The one that had the least, he had the ability too, he just didn’t use it.
God’s not looking for the same results from everybody because He’s given some of us more ability than others. But He is looking for you to use what you have to the best of your ability.
God asks us to do things that we’re able to do. He’ll never ask us to do something that you’re not capable. It’s not your ability.
But He is going to ask you to do something with your ability. He wants you to use it to the maximum. That’s the part we have to develop. The gifts that He gave us.
You must practice your abilities that God gave you. It takes a lot of practice and work. God expects you to practice and work; then He will reward you for your efforts.
You have to study whatever you’ve been trained to do. Never get to a place where you think you know it all. When you do that, you may as well get ready for some dirt thrown in your face, because what use are you?
Once you start thinking you know it all, that’s a bad place to be. Always be learning.
Look at your relationship with your family, your wife. That’s something you have to work toward. If you think that’s going to come natural, you have a lot to learn. That’s going to take more work than anything.
It takes effort.
Don’t be frustrated with God and His plans because His timetable and your timetable may be two different things. God has His timetable. He’s going to put you through a test while you’re going through this.
It’s like school. You go to first grade; then you graduate to second grade, then you go to third grade. Isn’t that right? With God, there’s something He doesn’t do. You will not go from second grade to third grade unless He knows you understand the lesson.
I know some people that are 70 years old that are stuck spiritually in second grade. They can’t get over their second-grade spiritual level. He keeps them there until they’re ready to go to third grade.
In the school system, they’ll move you to the next grade if you’re getting too big or too old. Even if you’re not ready.
There’s a lot of things we can do if we’re willing to do a little extra. God’s always looking for helpers. If you are faithful in the wilderness, you’ll be faithful in the Promiseland.
There are three things you need to do in the wilderness.
- Keep a good attitude when things aren’t going your way. That’s a challenge.
- Be your best when you’re not getting any credit for it.
- Do the right thing when it’s difficult. That will challenge you. That’s when your character is built.
I’m going to do the right thing. Because if God is for you, who can be against you?
If you can pass these three tests, God will get you where you need to be.
I graduated from Bible school, and it was time to be launched into ministry. I was prepared to be a sent pastor to start a new church somewhere. But, I waited 30 days and nothing happened.
“Wait a minute, Lord, I thought we had a deal here?”
I had made a deal with Him a year or so before that if I finished everything up and committed to it and worked hard at it that He would follow through with His end.
I said, “I did my part, where’s the church?”
I’m going to give you a secret. God never answers the question “why?” So don’t even ask it.
While I was going to ministry school, I had gotten a chauffeur’s license and a class B classification so I could drive a school bus to supplement my income while I was going to school. I could drive the little darlings to school, get to could get to my school and get off at one o’clock so I could be back to drive them home. I didn’t always call them darlings and sweethearts, but that’s what I did.
Since nothing happened right away, I decided to upgrade my license to a class A so I could drive a semi and increase my income.
I talked to another sent pastor and asked him how long it usually takes to get a church, and he said it took him two years. I thought that was depressing. So if I had to wait that long, I got the different license to make more money in the meantime.
While I was working for this company, I told them that someday I would get a phone call that would say I was ready to start my ministry. When that call comes, I’m going.
But in the meantime, I’ll be with you as long as it takes and I’ll be one of the best employees you’ve had.
One day when I was working, I pulled into a truck stop, and it was time to call in for my next load. They used to have all these phone booths lined up at the truck center. The drivers would call in and ask for their next run.
I started looking at the other guys complaining about not wanting to take certain runs. Every one of them.
Having been a dispatcher before, I know what it’s like to work with drivers. They would complain so you would have to get tough with them.
I understood what the dispatchers were experiencing and watched that and wondered if I was becoming that.
Back in my truck, I prayed for awhile and said, “Lord, I will not become that kind of a person. I’m going to be the best truck driver.”
I was getting a little anxious waiting for my ministry to start, so I was a little upset, but I said, “No, if I have to wait, I’ll wait. In the meantime, I have a good job.”
Every time I called in I was pleasant to the dispatchers. They ended up offering me different jobs.
When you’re doing things that are right, God has a way of blessing you.
By having a good attitude, not arguing with Him, doing what was right. I stopped listening to channel 19 on the CB radio, and I started listening to Christian messages, CDs. All channel 19 was a gripe session for drivers.
I graduated in May. In November I made the vow that I would not complain and do the best job I could.
On January 22nd, I went to church in the morning, and I was informed that day that it was time to start my ministry. They asked when I could start, and I said right now!
I called the trucking company and told them I would be leaving to start my ministry. My boss said he usually tells the guys that he likes that if it doesn’t work out, come back. But he said he knew I wasn’t coming back and wished me luck on my ministry.
So I started my ministry on January 22, 1999.
On February 14, 1999, I had started a church. We had 101 people show up for the service. 50 showed up the next Sunday. The reason for the drop was a lot of them were family, friends. Everybody I knew, I invited. I wanted to overflow the church.
We had a very successful church and did a lot of stuff there because God was directing the whole thing.
I had to wait for his timetable. My timetable said I should have had a church in May. His timetable said, no, January, and you’ll do just fine.
I’ve learned life is an enduring process.
You have to endure some things when you’re following the Lord. Everything won’t come easy, but it will come, and it will be worth the wait, if you endure it.
For you need to have endurance so that after you’ve done the will of God, you will receive the promise.
If you go through the process that God wants you to get through, you will get your promise.
Don’t let up. Your time will come.
One touch from the Lord will change everything in a split second.
The facts don’t count when you’re counting on the Lord. God gets in the equation; He’ll change the facts.
Look at Jesus, what He did. He came to save the people, to get a relationship back with God. What did He have to do? He went around doing good, healing people, blessing them, helping them, teaching them. What had to happen? He ended up dying. He went to a cross and died. His followers looked at that and said this whole thing failed.
His disciple said, “It didn’t work. Our leader just got crucified.” They were heartbroken. All the years they were following Him. For what? It failed.
They were looking at the facts. But three days after, God the Father said, “Arise.” And Jesus got up, and He’s still up, and He’s still around.
When the Father gets involved in something, the facts don’t count.
I don’t care if something looks dead. It can rise.
When God’s in it, things change. Just remember, three days they waited, and Jesus showed up.
God’s saying to some of you, Rise up. Let it go. Whatever’s going on with you, rise up and be strong in Christ.
If you think you don’t have talent, money, or the right people in your life, it doesn’t matter.
God’s got everything you need, lined up for you already. All you have to do is keep going. Keep honoring God. Be the best you can be and you will become a magnet for blessings.
I love when blessings just show up. That’s a good thing.
It will happen, I guarantee it. Well, I won’t guarantee it, God guarantees it. That’s better.
The blessings will find you in Christ Jesus if you just stay open to it.