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with a message from God’s word here’s


Stanley would you turn please to Joshua

chapter 7 we want to read the first 13

verses together on the title of this

message when it is not in order to wait

upon God In Prayer there’s a principle

here I believe that probably would

indicate a problem that many people have

in their prayer life so he says but the

children of Israel committed a trespass

and their cursed thing for ACH

the son of Cari the son of zebdi the son

of Zarah of the tribe of Judah took of

the accursed thing and the anger of the

Lord was kindled against the children of

Israel and Joshua sent men from Jericho

to AI which is beside Beth Haven on the

east side of bethl and spake unto them

saying go up and view the C country and

the men went up and viewed it they

returned to Joshua and said unto him let

not all the people go up but let about 2

or three thousand men go up and smite Ai

and make not all the people to labor

thither for they are but few that is the

weary everyone so there went up thither

of the people about 3,000 men and they

fled before the men of AI and the men of

AI smote of them about 36 men for they

chased them from before the gate even


shearim and smoke them in the going down

wherefore the hearts of the people

melted and became as water and Joshua

rent his clothes and fell on his face

on the earth upon his face before the

Ark of the Lord until the evening tide

he and the Elders of Israel and put dust

upon their heads and Joshua said alas oh

Lord God wherefore hast thou at all

brought this people over Jordan to

deliver us into the hand of the amorites

to destroy us would to God we had been

content and dwelt on the other side of

Jordan oh Lord what shall I say when

Israel turneth their backs upon their

enemies for the Canaanite nightes and

all the inhabitants of the land shall

hear of it and shall surround us and cut

off our name from the earth and what

Willl thou do unto thy great name and

the Lord said unto Joshua get thee up

wherefore liest thou upon thy face

Israel ha Sinn and they have also

transgressed my Covenant which I

commanded them for they have even taken

of the accursed thing and have also

stolen and dissembled also and they’ put

it even among their own stuff that is

what they stole they’re going to use for

themselves privately therefore the

children of Israel could not stand

before their

enemies but turned their backs before

their enemies because they were accursed

neither will I be with you anymore

except you destroy the accursed thing

from among you up sanctify the people

and say sanctify yourselves against

tomorrow for thus sayith the Lord God of

Israel there is an accursed thing in the

midst of thee oh Israel thou can not

stand before thine enemies until you

take away the accursed thing from among

you now let me present you with a little

dilemma and see if you can identify with

this suppose for example that uh

whatever your work may be you lose it

and your boss walks in tomorrow he says

I’m sorry we don’t need you any longer I

hate to have to tell you this going to

pay you two weeks and that’s it because

of inflation all of these things so you

come home and you reason to yourself you

say well now Lord I know that I’ve lost

my job for a particular reason surely

you must be trying to teach me something

and I want to know what you’re teaching

me and so what shall I do at this point

and so you have one of two things you

think about you say well uh shall I wait

upon the Lord and just sit and do

nothing and wait for God to do something

or shall I go out and pursue seeking

another job or some other vocation and

so often times we’re in that dilemma and

we don’t know what to do and so the

question arises when do you wait upon

the Lord and when do you get up and do

something so let me put it this way

there are times when You Face a

situation and you don’t know what to do

that you don’t do anything

you just feel God’s Assurance don’t move

don’t make a decision don’t do anything

just wait upon me on the other hand

there are times when a situation arises

and uh uh some circumstance changes you

say what shall I do and God want you to

get up and take the initiative and do

something well in this particular

passage here I believe there is an

example of what God is saying to Joshua

to help us identify a problem that many

people have in their prayer life when uh

as a result of not knowing maybe exactly

what to do or thinking they don’t know

what to do they sort of Fudge on God a

little bit and they keep wondering why

doesn’t the Lord answer my prayer why

doesn’t God change my circumstances why

does God allow me to be in this

circumstance why did God create all this

in the first place and so instead of

being able to have it clear in their

minds and hearts what’s going on uh they

just sort of fumble around in their

prayer life and either they quit or they

just sort of pray out of confusion and

frustration so I want you to listen very

carefully because most of what I’m going

to say is to build the background of

about five statements I want to give you

but it’s very important that you get the

whole picture of what’s happening there

three things I want to share with you

and first of all the Calamity of the

nation of Israel The Cry of Joshua and

the command of God so with that in mind

let’s look to see what’s happening right

before chapter 7 the people of Israel

have gone to uh have crossed the Jordan

and have faced the city of Jericho

Invincible impregnable walls and I’m

sure when they got there they said to

themselves there ain’t no way for us to

take this city because uh there was no

one going in and out they were

absolutely seemingly self-sufficient

within themselves and you’ll recall in

the sixth chapter that God told Joshua

two things first of all he gave him a

promise in verse two and he said I have

given into thine hand Jericho now watch

this first of all he gave him a promise

he says I’ve given into thy hand Jericho

following his promise he gave him the

military strategy with which to take

Jericho I was listening to a general

speak this last week and referred to

this particular passage and he said the

most ridiculous piece of military

strategy ever put on paper is to be

found in Joshua chapter 7 because who in

the world ever wanton a war marching

around it once a day for seven days the

seventh day marching around it seven

times blowing trumpets and having a big

shout but the scripture says that God

tore the walls down

all the way flat to the ground so that

the nation of Israel could March in now

one of the interesting things here that

I think we Overlook sometimes is that

when God gives Direction he doesn’t give

generalities When God says here’s what I

want you to do here’s the way I want you

to do it God is very precise and I think

a beautiful example of that and

sometimes it trips us up because we

think now God’s given us Direction it’s

up to us to figure out how to get it

done but notice what he said in the

sixth chapter he told them what to do

but beginning in verse 10 he said and

Joshua had commanded the people saying

610 ye watch this ye shall not shout nor

make any noise with your voice neither

shall any word proceed out of your mouth

until the day I B you shout then you

shall shout that means they had the

problem of marching around that City

they had got all lined up everybody’s in

formation forward March they marched all

around that City those tremendously High

thick walls all the way around the city

and couldn’t open their mouth now he

wasn’t speaking in generalities he said

God said don’t open your mouth and more

than likely if they had God would have

struck somebody

dead because and I got to asking myself

the question why do you suppose God told

them not to talk well it certainly

wasn’t because they wanted to be quiet I

mean those folks could certainly see

thousands of people outside walking

around the city walls and got you

imagine what they must have thought

these folks must be out of their mind

they must be

practicing the reason he wanted them to

walk all the way around the sit never

open their mouth is because he knew what

they’d be saying I know what you and I’d

have been saying we’d have been marching

and we’d have said ain’t no way look at

that wall and we would we would have

talked ourselves into the most negative


situation and they would have said

what’s Joshua up to this is no way to

win a battle what are we doing we just

walk around the walls in fact we don’t

even have our arms so we’re just walking

around the walls and can’t even say a

word here you see had they been talking

to each other had talked themselves into

great great discouragement second day

Third Day fourth fifth 6th 7th and by

then they were saying you know he’s got

to be out of his mind because listen God

didn’t tell Joshua everything he was

going to do seventh day they marched

around and I believe on the seventh time

around when Joshua said all right blow

the trumpets and Shout they blew the

trumpets and shout and shouted and then

all of a sudden that Army began was

standing there absolutely in shock

because they watch cracks began to form

of that wall I believe they hit the road

in the other direction for at least to

to to miss the falling Stones then when

the wall fell in the proper strategy

they moved in to take Jericho so they

had just had a tremendous tremendous

Victory everybody was just praising the

Lord and shouting glory for what God had

done so Joshua said now look the next it

is AI send in a bunch of spies and so

they came back and they said Joshua it’s

small just a small place no problem and

after all all you need to do Joshua send

up a couple thousand of or three maybe

3,000 of us and we’ll take AI look what

we did at Jericho big mistake is in what

we did they didn’t do a thing at Jericho

look what we did at Jericho we’ll take

AI with no problem

so the Calamity came because Joshua

instead of listening for God’s promise

and God’s strategy he listened to his

cohorts talk about what they were going

to be able to do never waiting for God’s

strategy at all sent in about 3,000 men

little old itsy bitsy city of AI came

rushing out put them on the Run killed

36 of them and put them in absolutely

absolute humiliation and disarray came

home all discouraged and dis and

disillusioned and uh the Bible says that

the people’s hearts turned like water

they were so absolutely overwhelmed with

fright he says their hearts became like

water now you you you know some times

when you felt strong and in your

strength and God was doing something and

then all of a sudden fear gripped you

and absolutely your spine turned to

spaghetti and you felt like running

water there just nothing in you strong

at all that’s the way they came back in

humiliation and absolute defeat and I

think there are many many principles in

this passage and one of them is Sur is

this one of the mistakes they made was

this they forgot a basic principle

spiritually and that is whenever you

have walked out of a beautiful

successful experience watch watch out

because right just outside the door

Satan is laying his snares all before

you because he knows you just dropped

your guard because you just had a great

spiritual Victory and so they exercise

Pride they cease to exercise caution

they didn’t wait upon God for his

Direction and his guidance and so they

got in trouble so what I want you to see

here as the result of that is Joshua was

crying out before God because what he

does here sounds just like all of us at

some time in our life so look if you

will uh at verse

um uh six so when they came back

defeated the Bible says and Joshua rent


clothes fell on his fell on the earth

upon his face before the Ark of the Lord

until the evening tide he and the Elders

of Israel and put dust upon their heads

now let me show what he did it says he

rent his clothes which when when a

person was grieved just totally grieved

beyond their comprehension and their

capacity to face it they would just tear

on are shred their garment so he ripped

off His Garment in absolute grief the

scripture says not only did he tear His

Garment he fell upon his face in

humiliation and it says he fell upon his

face before the Ark of the Covenant the

Ark of the Covenant contain the

Commandments of God given to Moses so

God gave the Ark of the Covenant to the

nation of Israel as a physical

material symbol of the presence of God

so that wherever the Ark of the Covenant

was that’s where God was in their mind

that indicated to them that of God’s

presence so when the uh Ark at one time

was removed from them and you recall

that in the enemy’s lands they had all

kinds of sores and boils begin to break

out and God be to judge them the Ark of

the Covenant me the presence of God so

he rent His Garment out of grief he

humil himself before God by lying before

him before the Ark of the Covenant and

the scripture says that he put dust upon

his head that was to indicate that he

was in mourning so he and the Elders of

Israel that is the major leaders of

Israel that’s what they were doing lying

flat out before God dust on the head

garments rent mourning and crying out it

says that they did that till evening

tide and maybe the battle was early in

the morning more than likely and so

they’ve been lying there all day moaning

and groaning and so forth and I want you

to listen to what Joshua prayed and this

is just as unlike Joshua as anything to

be found and see who this sounds like

listen Joshua said oh Lord God wherefore

hast thou wherefore hast thou at all

brought this people over Jordan to

deliver us into the hand of the amorites

what does that sound like doesn’t that

sound like his crowd 40 years before in

the wilderness when they were saying oh

Moses just came through the Red Sea all

of Pharaoh’s chariots mired up in the

mud soldiers floating all over the shore

drowned by the Judgment of God and God

having given him a tremendous victory it

wasn’t but a few days they were saying

oh my goodness what are we going to eat

now what are we going to drink what in

the world’s going to happen to us where

is Moses god they want to Stone

him and what is Joshua doing now Joshua

went through the Red Sea Joshua lived

Joshua and Caleb 40 years in the

wilderness they live and everybody their

age all the adults had died down to 20

years of age and so here he is with a

whole group a whole new generation of


people and he’s the leader has Moses

mantle and what is he doing lying Prost

straight before God repeating their same

old prayer why did you put us in this

mess why didn’t you leave us over on the

other side of Canaan on the other side

of Jordan they used to they used to say

oh why didn’t you leave us over in Egypt

what they didn’t say was this oh God why

didn’t you leave us over in the other

side of Egypt down in Egypt in slavery

where our families were being destroyed

by the Egyptians you see it is amazing

how Satan blinds us we say oh the good

old days how many of you want to go back

to the good old days that’s what I

thought because when you really get

mature they weren’t as good as they seem

to be they’re just different they aren’t

necessarily good so here he is and I

want you to notice his prayer he doesn’t

mention a single promise from God there

is no Thanksgiving from God there’s no

praising the Lord there’s no reminding

God of any of his promises he’s in

humiliation before God grieved in his

heart un burdening his soul there’s

nothing systematic about that prayer at

all here is a man crying out before God

oh my God why have you done us this way

now let me ask you let’s be honest how

many of you have ever gotten under to

pray and if you real honest You’ have

said oh God why’d you put me in this

mess yeah a few of you honest most of


not all of us that sometimes have said

more than likely Lord how did I get in

this mess and then you see we don’t want

to say Lord here’s what you did to me

but here’s what we say we s a cover in

camouflage what we feel we say Lord why

did you allow me to get into this mess

and Lord why do you why do you treat me

this way and and I if you love me the

way you say do why do you allow these

things what we doing is blaming

God now listen God is not to be blamed

for all the messes we

create so here is Joshua blaming God for

what’s going on and what does God say

the Bible says that God says Joshua what

are you doing ly down your face get up

now he probably didn’t say it quite like

I said it he may have said it in Far

More Stern words listen to what he says

the Lord said to Joshua get the he

didn’t ask him why get thee up wherefore

liest th upon thy face he says Joshua

what are you doing lying upon your face

here now here’s what happened and God

tells Joshua what happened the Lord told

Joshua to tell the people when you go

into Jericho he says I’m going to give

you Jericho the whole city of Jericho is

yours but when you go in you remember

this you to kill every man woman and

child and you to save the gold and

silver and precious things for me

now you say well isn’t that cruel of God

let me tell you something God knows the

human heart unless a man is penalized

for sin and penalized deeply for certain

types of sins God knows that the society

is not fit to live in so that’s where we

are so here’s what God said he said

Joshua a sin has been committed in the

nation of Israel somebody has taken the

gold and silver and you have found out

who it is and you are to Stone them to

death and then burn them that whole

family so here’s what they had to do

it’s a big

responsibility had divide them up by

tribes divide them up by families that

was family names you know Smith white

green so forth then they divide them up

by households you know all the Smiths

and this household together and then the

fathers so that ultimately it didn’t

make any difference who did it the

father was responsible so they divided

up in those four divisions now God said

to Joshua your responsibility is to get

up off your face crying out to me and

blaming me for the pr problem and you’ve

got to you’ve got to get your elders

together here divide this whole nation

up and we’re going through this nation

and we’re going to find out the problem

the source of the one who’s taken the

gold and silver which was Sanctified

unto God now when God said you to go in

and take the city and God says you know

the silver and gold is mine that means

God Sanctified it set it apart for

himself Aon took the gold and silver and

hid it among his things to be used for

himself he said you find out who has

sinned against the nation of

Israel identify them Stone them to death

and then burn their whole

family now God was trying to show them

that when he said something he meant

what he

said so Joshua the Bible says that God

said to them now watch this he says now

look he says beginning in verse 12

therefore the children of Israel could

not stand before their enemies but turn

their backs before their enemies and

verse 13 He says Thou cast not stand

before thine enemies until you take away

the curs thing from among you and what

he was saying is he says I’m not going

to be with you anymore not going to help

you in any more battles till you deal

with the issue at

hand so Joshua did exactly what God Said

and they corrected the situation now I

said all of that simply to bring it down

to two or three things I want you to

notice I think often times we make a

mistake in our prayer life that we’re

not even quite aware of we wonder why

God does not answer our prayer we want a

prayer life that is effective we want to

be able to talk to God have God hear us

and respond accordingly so all of that

is natural and normal and that’s what

God wants for each one of us but the

question comes why is it that we pray

and we pray and we pray and somehow

those things don’t fall in place like

they ought to well I think there’s a

similarity here in this passage that I

want you to

notice here’s what Joshua did now let’s

don’t put too much uh let’s don’t blame

Joshua too much at this point but I want

you to see a similarity here Joshua came

back realizing that they’d been defeated

and instead of saying Lord here am I

search my heart search the heart of the

nation of Israel he said Lord why did

you do this to us so he wanted to blame

God and as a result of that of course

God said to him now Joshua you’ve laid

on your face before me in in sackcloth

and Ashes and you’ve been grieving in

your heart you’ve rent your garment and

you praying oh God why did I do this to

you why did I do that Joshua get up off

your face

a sin has been committed correct that

problem then I will bless you until you

correct that there’ll be no

blessing now here’s what happens often

times sometimes you and I come to a

situation and we want an answer from God

and God says here’s the answer when you

correct this either in your life or your

family or your business or your church

or whatever the organization may be when

you correct that then I’m going to bless

you and sometime listen not all time all

time we don’t know what it is sometimes

God will say something’s not right and

we have to keep searching out to find

out what it is but when God says to us

here is the thing that you need to

correct in your

business there’s dishonesty in your

business you’re practicing in a way you

you have a practice in your business

that is not in keeping with my will

you’ve got to correct

that or here’s a habit in your life

you’ve got to deal with it or in your

family you’ve got to deal with this

thing among your teenagers or or your h

hband or your wife or whatever it might

be you’ve got to deal with this and you

see as long as we say all right Lord now

I want to thank you for showing me that

and then we just pray about it and pray

about it and pray about it and pray

about now listen listen to me carefully

there’s some things God wants to

identify and he wants us to pray he

wants us to wait and pray and listen and

pray because God’s doing something

within us doing something in the

situation and as we’ve explained before

when he’s ready we’re ready and he works

it all out but there are times times

When God Says deal with this we say

thank you Lord Jesus for showing us what

we need to deal with now we’re going to

deal with it now Lord I just want you to

show me and you know what we do instead

of having the courage to deal with that

we s of skirt around we say Lord I want

to thank you for showing me all about

that next time we get under to pray we

keep praying about it and we keep

praying about it and what we’ve

discovered is it’s easier to pray about

it than to deal with it and so we just

keep praying and keep praying we say oh

Lord won’t you please show me why you’re

not blessed in me please help me and God

says I’ve already shown you and I’m sure

that God must have said to some of us at

times why don’t you get up off your face

grieving and moaning and groaning and

complaining to me and blaming me for

your circumstances and get this thing

straightened out your life and then I’ll

bless you till you do I’m not going to

do it amen and you see sometimes we

don’t want to deal with it so we skirt

the issue when God says this is the

problem now we don’t always know exactly

what it is that’s how you have to keep

praying until he shows you but listen

once he shows you for example let’s say

back y somewhere in your life you

borrowed some money from somebody and

you didn’t pay them back and every once

in a while in your prayer life you know

it comes up and once in a while it comes

up real strong and you say now Lord you

know about this and so and so and we say

and Lord and so you know we keep and and

once a while we say Lord you know my

past and I want to thank you that you

have forgiven me for that and I know

that I owe that fell some money but on

and on and on we go and what God is

trying to say to us God wants to say

deal with that amen and so if there’s

something back there that you’ve not

dealt with somebody you owe some money

to and uh and you skirt you pray all the

Lord bless the church and bless this and

bless missions and bless my family bless

all these things and God isn’t here one

bit of that when God says deal with that

when you deal with that then I’m going

to bless you and you see God knows that

everybody makes mistakes everybody sins

against them at some time not because we

want to everybody has failures in his or

her life that’s not the issue God isn’t

in heaven waiting to check on your next

failure God wants to see your heart he

wants to know if we’re willing to deal

with it if we have a repentant Spirit if

we’re willing to say Lord you’re right I

must deal with that immediately I will

do so and I believe the whole principle

of that passage is not to lay blame on

Joshua though Joshua did go about it in

the wrong way he didn’t say Lord I know

that you’re faithful I can look back and

see the Red Sea experience I can see 40

Years of taking me through through all

of that and now I know that there must

be something wrong and I want to deal

with it Lord show me what it is he’s

blaming God so I want to give you five

things never to forget in your prayer

life you listen number one write them

down there is a time to wait and there

is a time to act the time to wait is is

when you do not know from God what to do

next but once God shows you something

needs to be corrected and you need to

get up and get it corrected then come

back to praying you said but but now

wait a minute the Bible says praying

always right men should always pray and

faint not correct what he’s saying here

is that doesn’t mean you can’t pray on

your way to correct what God Said

correct but it means that we’re not to

wait and just H hul around fudge on God

that’s what I call just sort of fudging

Lord I’m going to get around to it one

of these days sometimes because we don’t

have the courage to face up to it or

deal with something in our life so

number one there are times when we must

wait upon the Lord and not act until we

get direction the second thing is this

that blaming God In Prayer is a waste of

our time when you get on your knees and

you tell God all about your

circumstances and you imply and you

indicate that God somehow is slightly

responsible for this you might as well

stop you and I cannot blame God now

listen you say but suppose it is

something I didn’t particular do and I’m

in this circumstance listen don’t blame

God because here’s what you’re going to

discover and I want to say it again

again sometimes what you feel the most

difficulty about and you feel like the

Bottom’s dropped out you don’t know what

to do next and you think oh God why did

you do this to me God isn’t doing

something to you he’s doing something

for you liberating you and freeing you

and moving you on to a greater spiritual

experience than you’ve ever had before

so blaming God only turns it in with it


three you and I when when we pray and

God shows us the error there may be

something over here that we need correct

or something in our own personal life

when he shows us the error that needs to

be corrected corrected immediately with


guidance and don’t keep praying around

about it and he I’m hauling around

telling God you’re going to do it one of

these days it needs to be corrected when

God shows you and as I said before now I

don’t mean like a bulldog go rushing in

and just chew everybody up or just one

person you ask the Lord to show you how

to do it God will give you the details

that’s what he told Joshua he said

Joshua get up get this this thing

corrected and then he told him how to do

it so you and I need to wait for the

Lord’s direction as to how but you see

if we keep putting it off God is not

going to bless us until we deal with the

issue at hand all right the fourth thing

I want to say and I want to say it again

I said a few moments ago if you’re not

careful you’ll find yourself praying as

a substitute for Action now God wants us

to pray always but he and sometimes we

have to pray and not act but when he

says move we’re to move When God Says

move and you say I think I’m going to

pray it’s much more worshipful I’m just

going to trust the Lord God says he’s

faithful there’s some things we have to

take the initiative for he said Joshua

get up off your face get out there and

get those folks divided up and find out

what the problem is and correct it then

I want to bless you could it be that God

has already told you what to do about

your job could it be that God has

already told you what to do about Sin

could it be that God’s already told you

what to do about your family and you’re

still talking to God about it and he

wants you because he loves you he is

forgiving towards you he wants the best

for you he wants to encourage you he

wants to prosper you he wants to build

you up he wants to conform you to his

likeness what he does when he points his

finger at something he’s pointing listen

he never points his finger towards

something in our circumstances or in our

life as his children in a condemning way

he does not do it he points his finger

as a as a finger of encouragement to

Lift us to build us to help us to

strengthen us to shape us into his

likeness and he’s saying deal with it

deal with it deal with it deal with it

because I want to bless you deal with it

stop praying and start

dealing and sometimes one of the primary

reasons that many of God’s people are

not blessed is because they will not get

up off their face and deal with a

situation whether it’s uh for example a

woman says you know my husband’s been

out of work for months and he says he

just trust in the Lord I said is he

looking for no he’s just trusting in

God well it may be that what God is

saying I’ll tell you what I do if you

want know what I do you may not be

interested but I’m going to tell you in


way if I were a man and I didn’t have an

occupation and I saw my family begin to

suffer brother I believe it was God’s my

responsibility to look and God’s

responsibility to identify the work you

see praying also involves initiative we

must deal with the issues that God lays

Upon Us in order to reassure us of God’s

continuous blessing in our life and the

last thing is simply this you keep

praying about you put this in your own

words let’s put it this

way praying without dealing with the

problem will cheat US of

success continuous prayer without

dealing with a problem will cheat US of

success and what he’s saying In this

passage is this once God shows us the

heir of our way once he put puts his

finger on something we had to get up off

our face take the initiative and correct

it then we have the privilege of

claiming God’s blessing for future

success let’s pray together father we

thank you for that passage and there’s

so many wonderful exciting

things that we’ like to share in that

and I do pray that what little time

we’ve had to share this very hour that

you’ll take the truth that Central basic

primary theme of that passage and drill

it into our hearts

rivet it into our minds put a cap on it

so that we cannot Escape it and we pray

that each one of us will exercise the

courage father to deal with to focus

upon not just to look

at not just to talk about not even

simply to pray

about but having had you identify the

problem in our heart begin to look at

it with initiative and begin to correct

the situation in order that your

blessing may flow again once again in

our life thank you for your generous

loving kind forgiving Spirit toward us

and thank you Father that you look at

the motivations of our heart you see our

failures but you also see our potential

and I pray that every single person

might recognize that he or she has

tremendous potential in Christ Jesus

Under the Umbrella of his perfect will

we thank you Father for speaking to our

hearts and I pray that each one of us

will examine our heart that we will

examine very carefully to see if the

full if the full intention of your

blessing we’re receiving if we just

being partially

blessed because we’re not willing to

deal with some issue or issues in our

life and help us to see you don’t ever

leave us you said I’ll never leave thee

nor forsake thee and when you said to

these people you’ll not be with them you

didn’t mean you wouldn’t walk with them

them but that you would not guarantee

them success nor would they be able to

look to you and trust you to help them

to succeed I pray for every man every

family every single person in this

fellowship and those who are out there

father who really want your best really

want to be blessed really want to become

the person you want them to be that

you’d speak to their heart and give them

the courage to get on their face and

then once you’ve identified the problem

get up correct the problem move in their

Christian life

growing encouraging and being a blessing

to others and this I ask in jesus’ name

and for his