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June 22, 2020 8:00 am
Today on fellowship and the word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. Courage saying something else there don't trouble me why he knows our frame don't be ever afraid to carry out the will. Please don't be afraid. Don't have fear of failure joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana. Let's join Pastor Bill Gebhardt now shows us how God's word. Our world prize-winning author Robert Carter is the definitive expert, a former president Lyndon Johnson.
He has completed for. Of the five planned volumes of the life of LBJ.
Nobody knows LBJ like Carl does in one of the great surprises that he reveals in his book was the 1960 election for the president of the United States and first the candidacy of the Democratic Party. Johnson was the logical choice.
He not only was a former congressman but he was the most powerful senator in the U.S. Senate and in fact, in 1958 he made his intentions clear talking to. It is advisors and he said that I am destined to be the president of the United States and yet when the primaries began the role of Ron Johnson made no move at all and he let a lot of wiggle room open for a young man from Massachusetts named John Kennedy Johnson waited and waited and waited and still would not put his head in the ring in Cairo says I have a theory as to why he said that Lyndon Johnson was afraid that he was afraid he would fail that he had unusual fear of failure. You see his father had had a failure in their life in the Johnson family, one from prosperity and recognition in their community to poverty and shame.
So Carl writes this he said his father's fall had shown him that failure could mean not merely failure the terror, the terror of living in a house that month by month you were afraid would be taken from you by the bank that Derek could mean, not merely terror but Rowan permanent will and that failure defeat might be something from which you would never recover and failure in public feeling in a way that was visible to others. Having to move off of your ranch. Having your credit cut off at the store. See you walk by nearly every day, no longer holding a public office could mean a different but also terrible kind of pain and embarrassment. A disgrace, and humiliation, and then he says, and so Lyndon decided not to run at Ichi phobia is the fear of failure. Now, I don't think a lot of us are added. She folds if that's a word, but I know this almost all of us fear feeling and when it comes to serving the Lord's even magnified more.
So many times the Lord has put an impression upon us for us to make our contribution to the advancement of his kingdom. Something that burdens us something that we could do to make a difference away in which we can express ourselves as salt and light and yet we don't do anything and I think it so often, because we are afraid we have a fear feeling. If you have a fear feeling by the way, your urine really good biblical company. What I like to do first is this give some real quick examples and then will look at a particular case study, but let's begin by looking in Exodus chapter 3 the book of Exodus chapter 3 the character is Moses about as famous a man as could exist. The scene is the burning bush that never burns up. The occasion is that God is calling Moses to do a particular thing for him.
In verse 10 of chapter 3. God says this, therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh so that you may bring my people, the sons of her zero out of Egypt. It's as clear as could be God speaking from a burning bush and I would imagine you'd be pretty impressed by that and when God says I'm going to use you in a particular way and here's what I'm going to do your guy go to Pharaoh and bring the people out. What an honor. But Moses said to God, whom I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt. Why me, whom I in God's patient, by the way guy just continues to work with Moses and talk to them and give them other reassurances. None of them seem to help and you get all the way down to verse 10 of chapter 4 and Moses says his the God then Moses said to the Lord. Please Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently in time past and remember the time past, it was Pharaoh's house the last 40 years sheep. So he said I really not a good conversationalist. You can ask the sheep he says nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and slow of tongue which really going on here. Moses afraid, I believe, is afraid to fail. God calls Moses and Moses says here I am send Aaron I found that to be very common in ministry. It's amazing how many times over all these years, people come and say you know I have a really good idea. I have a way the Lord is laid on my heart something we can do, how we can reach wayward teenagers.
How can we reach cancer victims. How can we do it and it's always a really good idea and then they say nobody to do about that white guy gave you the impression why aren't you doing something.
I think the reason is because your free.
I think I'll fail.
Listen of God gives you an impression to do something right to advance his kingdom. I think you'll see from the day you can advance the kingdom, and there's no reason to fear.
Let's look at the second one. Judges chapter 6 the characters not Moses but Gideon, once again, God comes in verse 14 it says the Lord looked at him. Gideon the Lord.
Look at Gideon and said go in this. Your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian have I not sent you the reassurance of God is look, I'm sending you to deliver Israel from the land of Midian and I am sending you Gideon said to the Lord.
Oh Lord, how shall I deliver Israel, behold, my family is the least and Manasseh, I'm the youngest in my father's house I can't do this, I mean.
Of all the great tribes in Israel were like the worst tribe of all of the families in the tribe.
My family like the worst family and everybody in my family.
If you put us altogether. Then there's me on the youngest, God calls Gideon and Gideon says here I am.
Send anybody but not me one more. Jeremiah the prophet chapter 1 same pattern verse four. Now the word of the Lord came to me that's Jeremiah saying the listener what the Lord says the Jeremiah Jesus before I formed you in the womb I knew you before I formed you in the name I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart.
I consecrated you before you were born I set you apart from what for this job. So knowing the God known before. He was formed in the womb. But before he came out, the God said I set you apart for this. He said I have appointed you a prophet to the nations, and then Jeremiah said, alas, Lord God, behold, I don't know how to speak. I'm just I'm just a youth notice. No again and idea comes from God is directly in these cases, and in each and every time he said no, not me and hear what you have is he doesn't say. He says here I am, buddy, what he says is look, I'm not ready. I mean if you think about what you're really saying there could you imagine God insane you know you're probably right. I know what I was thinking I came here.
You know your Mac to 10 years away.
Of course not. When God gives you an impression of something that you can do to advance the kingdom of God expects you to respond but I fear that all of them feared something here that they feared that they would fail not want to look in particular at one case study that will help us because are so many principles included the case study of Joshua go with me to the book of Joshua chapter 1 was the first at the context verse one says now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of non-Moses servant saying Moses my servant is dead now therefore arise cross this Jordan you and all this people to the land that I am giving to them, the sons of Israel.
There's that calling again. Put yourself in Joshua's place what's going on here.
Joshua, you can replace most highly responded that you're going to replace Moses.
Moses raised in Pharaoh's household given the best education in the world. The Egyptians had the best education Pharaoh's household had the best of the best Moses came to be 120. At 80 he led a nation out of Egypt, probably about 2 1/2 million people. He was 80. All you can replace him, and by the way, in Egypt only seen the movie Moses does a few things any I mean you're talking frogs and Nile going red with blood in your talk and plague after plague and Moses pulls them all off but even more so once you get into the land of the wilderness. Moses goes a Sinai and speaks to God face-to-face and you somberly came down the mountain. He's glowing. He's radiating by the way you're going to be the guy who replaces Moses not just think about that what would happen, that is such a hard act to follow what you do in that situation will Joshua does exactly what we should do to carry through on this. He understood how difficult this was to replace Moses, and in these first nine verses you see principal after principal that God used to help Joshua overcome any fear of failure and to be used in a great way by the Lord. The very first principle is this the principle of divine perspective, the principle of divine perspective. Verse five. Here's the divine perspective on the situation, God speaking. No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life.
Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you.
I will not fail you or forsake you. That's the divine perspective here, no man will stand before you, that's God's point of view while and then he gives him three comparative promises.
I say comparative because he compares Josh, what a Moses and he says three things to Joshua. I will be with you. I will not fail you and I will not forsake you.
You know what's interesting about that all three of those are repeated in the New Testament God speaking to you all through those I will be with you over and over again hello I am with you always, even to the end of the age. I will not fail you. We know God never fails. I will not forsake you. The Lord will not forsake us.
And yet this should galvanize us, but it doesn't always do it that way.
That is God's perspective of something that God has laid on your heart that God wants to do to advance his kingdom. Look, I'm not leaving. I won't fail and I will forsake you that here's the problem then why do we fear because we don't always take God's perspective.
Most the time we want to take a human perspective.
In this case. That's what happened. By the way, whenever they left Egypt and across the Red Sea. It should've taken about six weeks to get into the promised land, but it didn't. It took him 40 years.
Why because they took the human perspective how well a number 13. They said biscuit 12 guys and it's going to spy out the land first.
Not a bad idea and others go see what were up against their so 12 guys going and two of the 12 name Caleb and Joshua were talking about here came out and said hate the land is flowing with milk and honey, let's go get it, but the other tents on something else and day. The other 10 came back and said you want to see these guys are huge net feeling by the way naphthalene was what Goliath was is a whole land of methylene giant were like grasshoppers compared to them and their warriors were slaves. The warriors, the iron chariots.
I mean, what even to do. There's no way we can do this. That's always the human perspective, there's no way we can use the obstacles and to make and so what ends up happening was we listen to the human perspective rather than the divine perspective, there is a second principle here, the principle of divine purpose again that's read verse two again along with verse three.
Here is God's purpose. He says Moses my servant is dead now therefore arise cross this Jordan you and all this people to the land that I am giving to them, the sons of Israel every place on which the sole of your foot treads I have given it to you just as I spoke to Moses, the most important thing to see in that verse in verse three. Even in English is the tense of the verb every place on which the sole of your foot treads I have given it to you. It's a past tense. Gus is a very given it to it's not something you're going to get later you see when God impresses something on our heart that he wants to utilize us to do for the advancement of his own kingdom from God's point of view, if we in faith step out and do it. It's a done deal. You see, God's not simple and I'm gonna work as hard as I can. I hope it turns out okay. It's never that way with God. God's purposes that it will be complete all by the way, but there's another aspect to it when he says I've given it to you but we would like it to be is when God gives us an impression on the heart of something we should be doing to advance the kingdom we would like it to happen no later than tomorrow. Let's just get it done. I mean if it God can do anything he can wrap this up by the end of the week. He does operate like that. By the way they went into the land and it took God. Joshua 14 years 14 years day after day week after week, month after month, 14 years of fighting the why would God take 14 years because God wants to see if you trust them. You see, are you really what does it take to do it for 14 years it takes a lot of faith. It takes a lot of trust takes a lot of focus. The principle of divine perspective in the principal divine purpose. The third one is the principle of divine persuasion. God loves the persuaders. Here's how he does in verse nine he says, have I not commanded you, but with God's point of view there that's always enough you know is to say this often, it's not very appropriate anymore in the new enlightened way of parenting, but how many times a parent you wanted to say because I said so why, why, why, because I said so see if this writer ID parent, but when God speaks gotcha that is is recommended she forgot to put a few once I commanded it I could just say it's all over. I commanded and let's do it doesn't what's what he says, he said, have I not commanded you not watch.
Be strong and courageous.
Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Be strong. Have courage, but he saying something else. There don't tremble and don't be dismayed why he knows our hearts. Don't be afraid. Don't be ever afraid to carry out the will of God in your life. Please don't be afraid. Don't have fear of failure.
By the way, that's exactly what happened to the tenant when in they were afraid and they got a whole generation of believers to die in the wilderness for 40 years.
The stroke with other because they were afraid to believe God in the New Testament. The apostle Paul says a little bit different in Romans eight politics a different perspective. But the same idea.
He says if God is for us than what who would be against us. You see, if on our side or your site is God doesn't really matter who's on the other side you see it has no personal pulses. I got that now if you sit up all yeah that's because Paul everything in your life go so well but it didn't get it posted ultimately it did. You see, that's the divine persuasion what God can do believe courage so we have the divine perspective the divine purpose divine persuasion and then the only condition in here the divine priority found in verses seven and eight.
He said only be strong and very courageous, and then these words be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or the left so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate on it. He says, day and night, so that you may be careful to do all he says that is written in it for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success, there's the divine priority of this entire endeavor. Never lose sight of what's most important. The heart of the matter. The key to spirit success God's word. That's the only condition he so look, you gotta follow the word you got to do the law of which Moses and notice the things he says you gotta meditate on it you gotta read it obediently. You have to follow it exclusively and you have to accept it totally. It's the word suggest, because God is put something on my heart I cannot circumvent the word of God in order to bring about success that the word of God's words and pastoral on the radio ministry of fellowship Lord, if you ever missed one of our broadcast or maybe you just like listening to the message one more time. Remember, you can Google a great website called one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen the Fellowship in the Word online that website you will find on with today's broadcast but also many of her previous audio programs as well at Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible. We ask all of our listeners to prayerfully consider how you might help his radio ministry continuous broadcast on this radio station by supporting us monthly with just a one-time gift support for ministry can be sent to Fellowship in the Word. 4600 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 7006 if you would be interested in hearing today's message in its original format that is of the sermon, the pastor will deliver during a Sunday morning service of fellowship monitored visit our website FVC Nola.org that FVC 10 oh LA.O RG at our website you will find hundreds pastoral sermon you can browse through our sermon archives defined sermon series were looking. You can search by title. Once you find the messenger looking for. You can listen online or if you prefer, you can download the sermon and listen at your own. And remember, you can do all this absolutely free of charge.
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