Signposts On The Road To Your Promise
By Minister Gbenga Ajanaku
New Wine Church, London
Foundation Scripture: Exodus 14:13-15; Joshua 3:1-4
Sunday 7th April 2013
We have established and accepted that the mandate for our church this year is to 'Go Forward!'. I believe that as we move ahead corporately, each individual has a set programme to Go Forward this year. Most people will agree that at certain points in the life of any project, either personal development or otherwise, there is always a need for evaluation, to review how well the project is doing. What you have done well up till that point and what other areas of the endeavour needs paying attention to.
Some people call it the 'mid-course evaluation'. Here we are at the beginning of the second quarter of the year and I believe everyone is still pursuing the Go Forward mandate with fervency. Let there be no one in the house that is not actively pursuing, in the spirit of Go Forward. World changers don’t give up. People of destiny don’t pull back. Achievers don’t back down.
So today, I want to share a message with you titled ‘’Signposts on the Road to Your Promise’’.
Have you ever noticed that whenever you set out on a journey to a location you have never been or familiar with, you tend to rely on certain descriptive landmarks on the way to your destination that would either confirm or indicate to you that you are still on the right course of your journey and you are making good progress.
Some of these landmarks may be buildings, billboards, monuments even road signs. They all combine to indicate the signposts on the road to your destination.
I pray that every individual will reach the destination of their journey and you will hold your promise in your hand. Your promise will not die. As Hannah held her promise in her hand and appeared before the Lord, in this year 2013, you will hold your own promise and appear before the Lord. You know the word that has been spoken to you. That word is life and power and I believe God that this year will be the realisation of that word (Amen).
Looking at the account of the Israelites in Joshua 3:1-4, we read of their preparation for an unusual journey at the Jordan River.
Jordan marked a significant moment (a different meaning to their destiny, and the last major hurdle before the Promised Land) in the lives of the covenant people of God and their approach had to be different. Right through their journey up to this point, God had led them by the pillar of fire or cloud, but the Ark represented the presence of God in their midst. Crossing the Jordan was so important to their history such that this journey had to be heralded by God. Part of the strategy they developed was hoisting a banner as described in Exodus 17:15. 'And Moses built an altar and called it's name 'The Lord Is my Banner; that is Jehovah Nissi.'
The circumstances that led to building this altar, as a memorial was based on the unfailing promise of God to fight for them. Remember, that when a banner is hoisted, people see it from a far.
How are you planning for your own journey? Are you equipped for the journey ahead? I think it will be a travesty if after reciting the confession, singing the songs repeatedly, praying fervently, I do not have anything to show for this season.
Let me give you four cardinal sign posts that will aid you in your journey to your promise. Before then, here are four key questions to think about:
Who determines your promise? – God. Here are two scriptures from Jeremiah's prophecies: There is hope in your future, says the Lord, that your children shall come back to their own border (Jeremiah 31:17). For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
Everything may seem bleak and hopeless, but remember that God, who has the final authority has declared ‘’There is a hope in your future’’. You need to also realise that there is always an end to everything - God has assured us of an expected end. There is an expected end for you! (of those things hoped for, and of a great outcome).
Where is the location of your promise? - In God. Speaking to Abram in Genesis 12:1, He said 'Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you'. Never hop and leave, if God has not shown you what to do next. Isaac is a good example of this in Genesis 26. God blessed him so much that he became the envy of the indigenes of the land of Gerar. Eventually, the indigenes led by King Abimelech came over to Isaac in Beersheba to sign a peace agreement, because they realised that the Lord was with him.
Who holds the resources you need to accomplish your promise? - God. Colossians 2:3 puts this aptly: 'In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.'
Who determines when you get to your promise? - You. God will usually give you an instruction of what you need to do to obtain your promise, but the next move and the right attitude towards that instruction is determined by you. The Israelites attitude in the wilderness, despite God's graciousness and forbearance, stretched a 40 day journey into a 40 year catastrophe. I pray that you will not be the source of your own delay (Amen).
So as your embark on your journey on the road to your promises, as I said earlier, these are four cardinal signposts along the way you need to pay attention to; to keep an eye on in order to help lead you to your promise:
If your promise, its location, and the resources you need to achieve your promise is connected to God, then it will be a perfect fit to consecrate yourself to God. Consecration speaks of your posture to God. No man will ever be used by God beyond the level of his consecration.
Consecration does not happen in the public. It happens in private. Consecration refers to those things you walk away from, and also to what you expose yourself to. When God is determined to hand a promise to you, God will force you into a corner whereby you will seek His face and consecrate yourself. Consecration is not only for the selected few such as Pastors, Ministers, Team Leaders or Worship Leaders. It is for whosoever wants to have relationship with God. People like Caleb, Joshua, Daniel, David, Samuel, Enoch that set themselves apart from other leaders of their generation.
Character speaks of your posture to yourself. Are you honest to yourself? Are you fair to yourself? Can people vouch for your character? Do you mean what you say? When you promise, do you intend to keep your promise? You cannot be flippant with your words if you have to walk in authority. Your word will become the currency of influence in your transactions on the way to your promise. Joseph displayed this when he walked away from having an affair with Potiphar's wife. The weight, value and respect of your person will be determined by your character. This is how the Bible describes Daniel.
Then the other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn't find anything to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible. So they concluded, "Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the requirements of his religion." (Daniel 6:4).
Conduct speaks of your posture to people. There are people with great relationship with God. People of great character and integrity but their conduct stinks to the sky. They lack social graces like "please", "thank you" and "sorry" and social skills like being friendly. That in itself is very costly. There are people that God has set apart as 'destiny helpers' to lead you to your promise; people who have been called to open the pathway of greatness for you. It is your social grace and skills that will draw them to you. Paul wrote Timothy about conduct: Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
Commitment speaks of your posture a cause. If you are not committed to a cause you cannot see it through. Everything you want to achieve, every word that God gave you, even you own desires as well cannot be accomplished without commitment. There is a blue print for achieving all of these. Find out your promises and the blueprint for achieving them. There is a blueprint for spiritual and natural promises given by God.
For your spiritual blueprint, you need to develop your faith with prayers (intercessory prayers), sometimes coupled with fasting (Matthew 17:20-21). This is how Esther walked into the annals of history.
Jesus explains the natural blueprint in Luke 14:28-30. What preparation does your promise require? What exactly is the cost of your dreams and what price are you willing to pay for the next level?
In closing today, as you embark on the road to your promise in this year of 'Go Forward', there are signposts along the way you need to keep your eyes on; these are the signposts that you need to identify with and they will undoubtedly propel you towards the promise. I call them four cardinal signposts; you may call them the 4C’s or cardinal C’s. If you keep an eye on them - Consecration, Character, Conduct and Commitment, they will lead you to your promise.
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