You make mistakes, and that’s okay. You are not perfect but you have to let God nourish you. He is very powerful and he will not let you down. If there is one thing that is important to almost every human being it is family. In this series we are taking a look into the word of God to see the heart and will of God, not just for our lives, but also for our families. We discover without doubt that it is the perfect will of God for us and our whole house, in other words family, to be saved! Beloved, it is with this confidence that we pray bold, faith-filled, prayers for our families to be saved, and that we fulfill our destinies together in Christ together, as a family!
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It’s A Family Affair (Part 8)
We’re going to be continuing up with our series title, It’s A Family Affair. Before we do that, we’re going to acknowledge God and pray. We come in agreement together for God’s purpose to be fulfilled not only in this story but in our lives. We thank You, Heavenly Father, for the opportunity to get at the feet of your son, Jesus and to hear Him. I thank You that you, the Father of Glory, is given to each and every one of us, the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus.
I thank you that you’re causing the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened all the more that we may know God. What is the hope of His calling? What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints? What is the exceeding greatness of His power, towards us who believe according to the working of His mighty power? I thank You, Lord Jesus Christ, that you are expounding on the Scriptures to us about the things concerning yourself. I thank you that you’re opening up our understanding that we might comprehend the Scriptures and know you more.
I ask you, Heavenly Father, that for everyone under the sound of my voice, God, will know you more and every blessing, every benefit, all the provision, the promises, the divine protection, the prosperity, God, all the miracle signs, wonders, your goodness, your lavish love, your gifts, God, your power, your manifested presence, your manifested glory, God, breakthrough power. I thank You, Heavenly Father that it is being released in our life. I thank you that you are working in us both to will and to do this, God. Believe and receive Father. In Jesus’s name, we pray.
We thank you, God, that not one word will come back to you, void and empty but every word you release and speak through me, Lord Jesus will accomplish what you sent it to do. I thank you God, that these words will not only penetrate the hearers but it will penetrate their families, their marriages, Heavenly Father, their spouses, God. Even the in-laws in Christ Jesus’ name I do pray that your words, God, you plant them. You water them, God. You cause them to bear much fruit that remains. Cover us and all you have given us and will bestow upon us with the blood of your son, Jesus.
I pray the blood of Jesus, speak for us, fight for us, redeem and restore, God, all that is lost, according to the working of your mighty power. In Jesus’s name, we pray and come in agreement. Amen. If you have been with us in this particular series you know that our key scripture, does come out of the book of Acts 16:30-31. It says, “And He brought them out and say, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They say, “Believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ and You will be saved. You and Your household.” We established very early on.
The scripture tells us, this is the confidence that we haven’t got, that if we ask for anything, according to His will, He hears us. If we know that He hears us, we know that we have what we’re asking Him for. It was established early on by the Holy Spirit. The will of God is the word of God and we see in Acts 16:30 and 31. The will of God is not just for you to be safe but for you and your household. The household is representing the family.
God began to lay a foundation for us from literally the very beginning. We went to Genesis, the Book of Beginnings and we saw that the heart of God, not only is family important to God but it is the first importance. In the beginning, was the word and the word was with God, and the word is God. God, the father and the son. That is the relationship, father and son. That speaks of relationships, family relationships. Family is very important to God. We saw that marriage is especially important to God.
God in the beginning had a blank canvas. Imagine a painter. You really can, on this blank canvas, paint what you will. That’s just the human being. For the most part that can be accomplished by the grace of God. How much more God Himself, who’s all mighty and we set out to do something. No one can refrain Him. God has set out to bless you. No one can curse you. No one can refrain His hand from blessing You.
That’s good news. That’s the gospel. We saw that with God having this blank canvas in front of Him, He begins to not draw on it but speak because that’s how God creates things. That’s how God repairs or restores. He speaks. He’s powerful. It’s not about doing. It is about speaking. God has bestowed this power upon us, which is why our words are so vital, matters of life and death. It says that in Proverbs 18.
God begins to paint this beautiful picture with His words. One of the first things God painted outside of the relationship with Him, the Father and the son is husband and wife. It’s beautiful to know that God’s heart is not just one for family. Family is of first importance to God but especially marriage. If you didn’t get the chance to read the entirety of this series, I want to encourage you to read every single bit of it. Feed on it, feast on it. If you’ve read it, read it again.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of Christ. It is not good enough to have heard. It’s not good enough to have heard once or twice. We are to continually hear. That is our way of eating. We’re really spirits, housed in a body. If the physical body will die, if it doesn’t receive food after many days, how much greater you really are? You are the spirit inside of this body. If the body needs to be fed, fr the most part in a healthy manner, on a daily basis, excluding times when God leads you to fast from food if that’s how He lead you and it’s just like the clothing, the outer garment of who we really are, which is a spirit.
How much greater does our spirit need to be fed? It’s not good enough to be fed once a week. You would never do that to your physical body and we certainly can’t do that to our spirit. We eat several times a day. It has been said by nutritionists repeatedly, how it’s important to have a certain number of meals a day and even snacks in between.
The Bible calls water the washing of the word. We know that it’s important for our natural bodies. How much greater should we be taking care of our actual sales, which is our spirit. That’s what’s going on forever in our spirit. These bodies we’re in are not going with us to heaven. God’s given us new bodies where he’ll house our spirit there eternally. How much more should we take care of who we really are, which is our spirit? How much more should we allow Jesus to nourish and feed us?
That’s what God meant when He said, “Man, can’t live by bread alone.” Just feeding, nourishing and taking care of your physical body is never going to be enough. That’s a place of starvation, deprivation and pure neglect at that point. We have to allow God to take care of our whole being. Every part of God, every way that He made us, it’s all intentional.
It all serves His divine purpose. It’s even more important to take care of our spirits than even is our natural bodies. Obviously, we want to take care of our natural bodies by the wisdom, spirit and grace of God. Apart from Him, we can do nothing by His grace and the leading of His Holy Spirit. We do these things because it’s really God doing it through and for us.
How much greater is it of importance to take care of our spirit? That’s what’s going to live on for forever. We’ve read in the series, about Noah. We looked at the life of Noah very specifically and in detail. Saw that although God said He made a covenant with Noah, when the flood came, God saved Noah and his whole household, which is his whole family, even like his sons and his wife.
It’s just a wonderful picture and demonstration in the word of God, which is the will of God, of the heart of God. It is for our whole household to be saved, to come to the saving knowledge and grace of Jesus Christ. Where Jesus is both Savior and Lord. That we fulfill our destinies together collectively as a family. That’s the heart of God.
We all looked at the children of Israel in Exodus 12. We saw how God had them all prepare that young lamb without blemish, one lamb per household for the first Passover when He was delivering them from hundreds of years of bondage and slavery and mistreatment under the rule of Pharaoh, which is a picture of Satan himself. We saw that the blood of the slain lamb delivered these people from hundreds of years of captivity, bondage and evilness.
In a single instant moment, the blood of the slain lamb delivered them. Not only did He deliver them, but they also didn’t go out empty-handed. They came out healthy and they came out rich. Won’t He do it? How much greater is the true lamb of God because we know that lamb was pointing to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It’s interesting that God told Him to take a lamb per household, not per person who was serving God and who was dotting every I’s and crossing every T’s. God’s heart was to save them and their household. Those who were close with him and those who were strange. We saw that God even reached out further and extended this salvation, this deliverance. Even to the people who worked with them, colleagues, friends and their neighbors.
God is not willing that any should perish, which means you can go to God with boldness, knowing that God is saying, “Yes and amen.” You coming to God for your spouse, your family member, your children to be saved. You’re coming as Johnny-come-lately and I’m not insulting You. This is good news, actually because God has gone before you in heart and in hand. It’s always been His heart. We don’t have to talk God into it. Prayer is not a place where you’re trying to persuade God. You don’t have to persuade God to be good.
You don’t have to persuade God to want to turn your family members around, get them off the wrong track and put them on the right course, right out of the world and into the center of the perfect will of God. That is God’s will. That is God’s desire much deeper than yours. You’re awakening to it. You’re realizing it. Even the desire you have for them to be safe, God put in you because we have flesh, although we’re not our flesh, we’re a spirit being in the flesh, dwells nothing good. In the flesh is like absolute selfishness.
The fact that you even want your family member to be saved, is from God. That’s a desire He placed in your heart and He’s using you even others that you’re not even aware of. There are watchmen on the wall, praying. There are people who got leads, intercessors He has that pray for people in general. They come in agreement with God, for people in general, who are asking for their wives, their husbands, their children, their mother, their in-laws to be saved.
Their neighbors, their colleagues, their boss, things like that. You’d be amazed at the help you have both angelic and human. I know this for a fact because I’m one such a person that God has used to do that, to cry out for things that the body of Christ are believing Him for and petitions that they have before His throne. Beloved, you’re never alone. God is with you and for you. He’s laying it on the hearts of people, even strangers, to come and be a watchman on your walls. Rest easy, we’re in it together.
We’re in it, not to win, I would say we already have victory but to just maintain that win and to see the fruit of that victory that Jesus has already given us. In this teaching we’re going to specifically look at the life of Joshua. We’re also going to look at the life of Rahab. You can find this actually in the book of Joshua but I want to start with the scripture first that God gave me, which comes out of 2 Peter 3:9. He said, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some count slackness but is longsuffering toward us. Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Let this sink in deep. Let’s take a moment. Let’s put a pin in this. Let this take root and bear fruit. God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. The Lord literally told me, “All means all.” The so-called deserving, none of us are deserving but for the blood of Jesus, He’s made us righteous. Our own righteousness is filthy menstrual wrecks. We know that scripture at least in its original Hebrew language, that all is for the so-called deserving and the undeserving, the so-called qualified, as well as the what looks unqualified.
Remember people of God, when you pray for your family members and your friends, your loved ones, God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, change their mind toward God and have a relationship with Him. Where He is not just the savior of their soul, that’s one thing, that’s wonderful but he’s also Lord of their life. He’s leading them in their everyday decisions, manifesting His glory in the Earth, in their life, even as it is in heaven. Let’s read John 3:16-17. This was the next Bible verse that God gave me. I’m literally giving it to you. What He gave me is also in an order that he gave to me in.
Jesus Himself said this, “These words are coming from the words of your savior,” the Messiah Himself, the son of God, “For God loved the world that He gave His only begotten son. That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.” I just wanted to highlight to you what He showed me. Look at the Holy Spirit’s choice of words through Jesus, the world. God’s heart is for all. All really means all.
If you’re in this world, this Earth and you’re a vessel on it, God is saying, “I sent my son for you, too. For every single person, regardless of what they’ve done, what they’re currently doing and what they’ll do tomorrow.” God has sent His son. It’s not that God is thinking about doing it. God wants to do it. He did it already. He did it with our knowledge. God has already taken it into account. Every sin committed and every sin that will be committed. He still said it. You can’t change who God is. He is love.
Love still said, “I’m sending my Son. If that’s what it takes, that the world could be saved and not condemned. That’s what I’m going to do.” That’s what I call the real God, standing up and speaking for Himself. That’s what’s written. Not some religious interpretation that the devil is parading what we believe so that people don’t draw near to God, instead, they flee. Here we are just looking again at the heart, word, will of God and letting that boldness, that certainty comes over us, that God will do what we’re asking Him.
We’re praying for His will. We know that when we do that, He hears us and we know that we have what we’re asking for, He will do it. Let’s look at Joshua 1:1-9. I am going to be reading out of the message version for this particular portion of the scripture. He says, “After the death of Moses, the servant of God, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant. ‘Moses my servant is dead. Get going, cross this Jordan River, You and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the people of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on. Just as I promised Moses from the wilderness. This is Lebanon East to the great river, the Euphrates River, all the Hittite country and then West to the Great Sea. It’s all yours.
All your life. No one will be able to hold out against you in the same way I was with Moses. I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you. I won’t leave you. Strength and courage. You are going to lead these people to inherit the land that I promised to give your ancestors, give it everything you have. Heart and soul. Make sure you carry out the revelation that Moses commanded you. Every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right so as to make sure you get to where you’re going.
Don’t for a minute, let this book of the Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night. Make sure you practice everything written in it. You’ll get where you’re going. You’ll then succeed. Haven’t I commanded you strength and courage? Don’t be timid. Don’t get discouraged. Your God is with you every step You take.’”
Beautiful, powerful words from God. We know that God was speaking to Joshua. Everything we read, the Bible tells us to rightly divides, study to show yourself approved so you won’t be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God. We need the Holy Spirit to do that. To rightly divide the word. That’s what God is going to do, through me, as He did in my study time with Him when preparing for this particular message. God let me know Joshua is a type of Jesus Christ, he most certainly is. When God is saying, “Make sure you carry out the revelation that Moses commanded.” He’s talking about the law. We know that under this New Covenant, we’re not under the law anymore.
The Bible says in Hebrews, “The law is obsolete now.” We know for sure we’re not under the law, that’s passing away. We’re in this New Covenant, the gospel of the grace and peace of Jesus Christ, not the Law of Moses. We know that on the Mount of Transfiguration, when Jesus was there and Moses appeared and Elijah appeared, God came in and said, “Hear Him. Hear Jesus. This is My beloved Son.” I see the law is here. The Old Testament prophet is here, representing the prophets and the law restores.
Moses is here and certainly represents the law, the Ten Commandments and every other law that stemmed from it. Hundreds of them, in fact but God said, “Jesus is here. This is my beloved son. Hear Him? Not Moses, not Elijah. Hear Him.” When you read the Old Testament, you do so through the lens of Jesus Christ and the cross, what He’s done. That’s how we’re to see the whole Bible because God, from the onset of the Bible to its ending, was talking about Jesus anyway. It takes the Holy Spirit to reveal these things to us and uncover that but He was the entire time.
Joshua is a type of Jesus Christ. It is beautiful how God told me, “Only Jesus could fulfill the law.” We see in Matthew 5:17-18 and this is from the English standard version, it says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and Earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot will pass from the law until all is accomplished.”
Jesus has fulfilled the law. He said, “He came.” Do you want to know why Jesus came? Why would you bankrupt heaven? Why would you leave that place of honor, glory, high exaltation to come to this place? We’ve been on Earth. What are You doing here, Jesus? We’re trying to get to where you’re at. It’s amazing why He came and that’s a message in and of itself.
One of the reasons He came is to fulfill the law on our behalf. In reading through the lens of Jesus Christ and the cross, when you read things like Deuteronomy 28, “If you obey my commandments, if you keep all my law statutes then all these blessings will come upon you.” Everybody wants to be part of all these blessings that will come upon you.
You’re blessed coming in. You’re blessed going out. Blessed in the city, blessed in the field, blessed as you’re kneading bowl, blessed as your basket, blessed is the fruit of your womb. Enemies coming against you on way. They got to flee before you said, “Moses”. All of this is like great news but it’s also disheartening if you don’t understand how to read that and receive that through the lens of Jesus Christ.
This promise is great. This whole, pre-condition saying, “You got to do all that I command,” is like a deal-breaker because I’ve messed up by 9:00 AM. I got up only at 8 AM. It didn’t take long for me to drop the ball. What do you do then? You got to know Matthew 5:17-18, “Jesus fulfilled the law.” He did that for you. He did that for your benefit. You’re the beneficiary and He did this for your benefit and for mine. The law has been fulfilled. Christ fulfilled that first part, that precondition so that all these blessings will come upon you even though you haven’t fulfilled the law.
Even though you messed up ten seconds ago, even though you’re thinking something bad, even perhaps or will be thinking something bad, God forbid. Still, nevertheless, He’s fulfilled the law for you. You can receive those promises. That’s why the Bible tells us all the promises of God are in Him, that’s Christ amen to the glory of God. This is because of Christ. This is all because of Him. We were never going to get that done. Even fulfilling the law.
The Bible tells us in Roman, “By the law is just the knowledge of sin.” It’s just telling you what’s wrong and what you did wrong to explains it to you how you drop the ball. Bringing it to the end yourself so you can know all have sinned. I’m part of it all. Fallen short of the glory of God. I need a savior. What’d you say His name was again? Holy Spirit. Jesus, perfect. I’d like to make Jesus the Lord of my life.
You realize just how much you need them. The law has served His purpose. Jesus has fulfilled every pre-condition in the Bible. When you read the promises of God, if it starts in Deuteronomy 28, saying, “Fulfill these laws,” like how we read here in Joshua 1, making sure you practice everything written in it. That part, Jesus did it for you.
The part that God is speaking to you it’s all for your benefit. The part that he’s speaking to you about strength, courage, don’t be afraid and don’t get discouraged, God, He’s your God now. He’s with you every single step you take. The good steps, the missteps, the steps in the right direction, the fast steps in the wrong direction, the step that’s like, “I’m-still-on-that-step-because-paralyzed-with-fear-and-haven’t-moved-yet.” He’s with you. He’s with you to deliver you. He’s with you to abolish that fear and get you to where you need to be. He is with you. He is for you and Jesus made that possible. God also made it possible because God doesn’t love us because of what Jesus did. He loves us before that. That’s why He sent Him to do what He did.
It is really the Father and the Son that we are eternally grateful for. God also told me that Joshua is a type of Jesus in this regard. It’s Jesus Christ alone, who can bring us into the promised land. You notice this chapter starts off with God saying, “My servant Moses is dead.” People trying to rely on the law to get the promises of God, to access breakthroughs, to have their prayers answered, that’s a dead work.
You can’t go through Moses. Moses is dead. Moses is saying to Jesus, “Be all the glory.” You better join in. That’s a dead thing. You can’t get to the promised land. Moses was not able to bring them into the law. Jesus has done, in Hebrews or Romans, what the law could not do for us, Jesus has done. God has sent His son to do it because it wasn’t possible through the flesh that it could be done. It wasn’t possible then and now.
It’s so not possible that God, we see the extreme He went to and sending His son here to bleed, die and suffer. He was called a Man of Many Sorrows so that we can be saved and that we can have all the promises of God come upon us. That’s in the Earth. In heaven, it’s a free for all. Earth is where this needs to be. This is the place where the struggle is real, not in heaven. We need it and we need it now.
Go ahead and access your blessings by faith through grace. It’s no longer by keeping the law. God told me Jesus alone is the one who can bring us into the promised land. Moses representing the law never could. Being under the law will not get you into the promised land but being under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, His gracious son, will most definitely get you into the promised land and cause you to reap the entire harvest that God has promised you and even the surprises He has for you.
Remember God is doing things that no eye has seen, no ear has heard. It’s never been conceived in the heart of man. Those are the surprises of God. He’s doing all of that but He’s doing that by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. You already believe in Jesus Christ. You have that faith. We thank God, for that truth and for that revelation. When you read the word, you want to just pause before you do and ask the Holy Spirit like, “Help me to see Jesus, help me to understand. Out of your words of life, God, speak life into me, breathe life into me, enlightened my understanding,” take a moment and do what we do here on this show and acknowledge God.
The Bible is not just any book. It is God’s breathe. It’s God Himself. In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word is God. Who can say in our finite human state that we can understand someone as marvelous and as deep as God? Do you really even understand yourself? I’m still figuring myself out. I’m like, “What did you say that?” We haven’t figured each other out.
These are the people we can see. How much greater will we need the Holy Spirit to help us, to see God, to know Him more? To know Him is the door that flings open every other door of blessings and provision, in an effortless manner and in the manner that God intended. Where we just receive this finished work. We began where the crisis is finished. We’re not trying to get something. Jesus ran the race and won it for us. We began with His first-place medallion hanging over our neck, which is a key that accesses every blessing to God.
This journey is about teaching us how to use this key and receive everything that God has for us because it’s not just about us accumulating blessings. This is the will of God. Don’t let religion talk you out of it. Religion will try to tell you that it knows what the will of God looks like. When you’re preaching the gospel when you’re leading someone to the Lord and that’s the will of God.
It doesn’t stop there. Buck does not stop there. God’s will, is that we inherit the fullness of our inheritance and that we receive all that God has for us. The Bible tells us in John, “By this, Jesus said, my Father, is glorified.” People are like, “I want to glorify God,” or they’ll say out their mouth, “Giving glory to God.”
That may be lip service. Just words being spoken. In practice and actuality, what glorifies God is when blessings of God are upon you and manifesting in your life. When you ask God for something and He does it, God said that glorifies Him. Now those words were from Jesus Himself and they’re made plain and simple. It doesn’t seem to need a revelation of what it means, at least on the surface. It’s not one of those things where it’s like, even reading it on the surface, I’m looking like, “God helped me. What are you saying?” He’s saying, “By this, My father is glorified.”
We come in agreement that God is working now and we’ll continue to work both in us, for us, through us and bring blessings to us. Not by our mighty power, by His Holy Spirit. We’ll receive an effortless manner in Jesus’ name. Now I want to say to those if there’s anyone reading who has not taken advantage of this relationship with God, that He desperately wants you to have with Him so He can manifest His love to you. Not just for you but for your family and your loved ones. He has a great plan for you. He wants to unfold. He wants to show you. It’s not too late.
He wants to show you how He takes mistakes and turns them into miracles. He wants to show you just how gracious and forgiving He is, not petty and won’t bring up your past. He wants to show you this for yourself, where you don’t have to live off of somebody else’s revelation. That you’ll have your own revelation of just how good God is and that He is love.
If this is you reading this, I want to just pray with you and lead you to the Lord, by the spirit of the Lord. I thank you God for this opportunity to hear from you. I thank you for drawing me to you. I thank you that your word declares. If I believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ, I will be saved. That if I just call on His name, I will be saved, me and my household. I thank You, God. I believe that Jesus is your son. God, that He bled and died for my sins and He rose because of my justification. I believe His blood has justified me from all things, for which the law cannot justify me.
I received the forgiveness of all my sins. I received the complete forgiveness of every sin, even ones in the future. I receive His righteousness. I receive Jesus as my Lord, my savior and my righteousness. God, I say, “Bring it on. Every promise you have for me, everything you want to do for me and my family in this life, in this Earth, do it even as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen. I love you, guys. God bless you, keep you and cover you with the blood of His son, Jesus. May you go back and find things not the same but exceedingly and above all you asked, thought, imagined or desired. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Love you all.
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