If you would, turn in your Bibles with me to the book of
Second Chronicles chapter twenty-four. Second Chronicles
chapter twenty-four. And when you reach Second Chronicles
chapter twenty-four, please signify by saying amen. Praise
the Lord. Amen.
1. Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was
Zibiah of Beersheba.
2. And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the
LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3. And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons
4. And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to
repair the house of the LORD.
5. And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and
said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all
Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to
year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites
hastened it not.
6. And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto
him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out
of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the
commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the
congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
7. For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken
up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the
house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
8. And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set
it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for
who You are and for what You do. Father, hide Your son
behind the cross, that Your people would see You and not me.
And Father, as I decrease I ask that You would increase. Let
the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, our strength and our
Redeemer. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Praise the Lord. All parents, because they are mentors, want
their children to make the right decisions. But to do this
children must learn to make their own decisions.
You see, in the body of Christ God will give us spiritual
fathers to help us while we’re children in the Lord, to make
decisions. But after a while we’ve got to get into a position
where we learn to make our own decisions. Making bad
decisions helps us to learn to make good decisions. Making
bad decisions, once again, helps us to make good decisions.
If parents make all the decisions for their children, they leave
their children without the skills for wise decision making.
This problem was the problem of Joash. Joash did all things
right, as long as Jehoiada was alive. In other words, he did
those things that were right in the sight of the Lord as long as
his mentor was around. But see, there came a time in Joash’s
life when Jehoiada wasn’t in the picture any longer.
There’s going to come a time in your life (glory to God) when
those that are around you that gave you sound advice are not
in the picture any longer.
You see, when we look at Joash, he made his decisions
through somebody else. He made second-hand decisions. In
other words, when someone makes a second-hand decision,
their decision making is not from the real source.
You see, in the body of Christ as we grow and as we mature,
we have got to get out of the realm of second-hand decision
making. We’ve got to get into the realm where my
relationship with God is real all by myself.
Joash, he did all the things that he needed to do. Because he
was receiving Godly counsel. Oh, do you hear what I’m
saying tonight? He was receiving Godly advice.
In verse two it said,
2. And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the
LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
Because he was making most of the decisions for him. But if
you look at your Bibles in verse seventeen, it said,
17. Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of
Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king
hearkened unto them.
In other words, after the death of his mentor, after the death of
that counsel, he hearkened unto counsel that was not of God.
You see, if you continue... If you allow second-hand decision
making to be your lifestyle, you’re setting yourself up for
You see, He gives us the five-fold ministry to preach and
teach us the Gospel. But He allows us to make choices and
decisions for ourselves.
You see, the Bible said that he was only seven years old when
he began to reign. So he needed somebody with him, because
he was a child. But when I became a man I put away childish
things. Oh, do you hear what I’m saying tonight? I was able
to go in and come out and hear from God all by myself.
But see, if I stay in that realm where I need somebody else to
hear from God for me... You don’t hear me today. You see, a
prophetic ministry can be a blessing. But it can also be a
curse, can’t it? Because it causes a person to get into a
position where they’re making decisions for people. A man
can’t make a decision for your life. Only God can make a
decision for your life. He can only give you Godly counsel.
But there’s going to come a time in our lives when we’ve got
to focus and make decisions for ourselves. You see, you can’t
be afraid to make a decision. You see, many of us know that
decision making is most of the time taking a leap into the
Let me tell you something. He’s a God of the unknown. He...
Oh, my God. He inhabits all darkness. He inhabits all light.
He’s everywhere. He’s omnipotent. He’s omnipresent.
There’s nowhere where your God is not located.
He was in a place where he was making decisions right,
because somebody was making them for him. He was in a
place of leadership. Listen to what I’m saying.
And on Tuesday I preached on leadership with the ladies for
He was in a place of leadership. But even when you are in
leadership, you need somebody that’s over you. Do you hear
what I’m saying?
Bishop Long was in a place of leadership. But there were
things that were going on in the church. So he got on the
phone. And he talked to his spiritual father, T. D. Jakes. And
T. D. Jakes came down and set the house in order. But after
that, Eddy Long got on by himself.
He had to learn to make wise decisions for himself. He had to
get into a place of maturity. He had to learn (glory to God)
his territory, his area, his position.
You see, if I would learn my position, if I would know the
in’s and out of my position, then God can move me to another
position. But until I know what’s all that’s going on in my
position, how in the world am I going to move in and out of
somebody else’s position?
Joash made right decisions as long as he had somebody
talking to him telling him what to do. What about when he
got on his own?
What about when those that are in position to give us the
Word are not there to give us the Word? What about when
we’re not in the church setting? What about when you can’t
get a hold of the pastor or the elders? What am I going to do
I’ve got to get in the position where I know God for myself.
I’ve got to get in the position where I can get on my knees and
learn to stay there until I get a breakthrough. Heaven wants to
speak to us. He doesn’t just want to speak to the five-fold.
He wants to speak to the whole body.
He ordered, after he made these bad decisions, the death of
Zechariah, which was Jehoiada’s son. Zechariah was a
prophet of God. And the Spirit of the Lord came down upon
him. And he began to speak to them and tell them that they
needed to turn from their wicked ways. But he wouldn’t
remember the kindness that Zechariah’s father showed him.
You see, remember we preached about somebody that was in
position, but they were reckless. Didn’t we? He became
reckless in his leadership provision. And he would not
hearken unto the voice of the Lord.
Obedience is only obedience when it’s real. Obedience is not
real when it’s in front of everybody else. Obedience is real
when I’m all by myself, when nobody else knows what’s
going on around me, because I’m in a place by my... That’s
real obedience, when nobody can really see what I’m doing.
You see, he was obedient as long as the man of God was
around. But what about when he wasn’t there any more? His
relationship with God, it wasn’t there. He was a king. And
he started out doing what he was supposed to do. But his
heart wasn’t really in it.
You see, many times we start out doing what we’re supposed
to do. But if our heart is not in it, we’re going to lose interest.
You see, if your heart is not really in it, you’re not going to
have the interest that you used to have. See, you’re going to
get caught up in self interest. Hello, somebody.
You see, all of my activity and everything I do is going to be
geared toward self. But see, if I’m still, my heart is right
before God, it doesn’t matter about self any more. Because
I’m gearing my life towards God and building His Kingdom,
and making sure that His work... Oh, my God. Who am I
talking to tonight? And making sure that His work is taken
You know I give compliments when compliments are really
due. Do you hear what I’m saying? When somebody’s really
doing a good job, I say, “My, God. You’re doing a
tremendous work.” Because their focus is to make sure that
the Kingdom of God’s work is done. Their heart is right.
But when you lose interest your heart is not right any more. If
you’re attitude becomes nonchalant then your heart is not
right any more, because it’s not in it.
See, it’s one thing to be on fire for a little while, isn’t it? But
then it’s another thing to be on fire all the time. Do you hear
what I’m saying? You see, it doesn’t take somebody to get in
front of you to pump you and to pry you. Do you hear what
I’m saying? When your heart is in it, you’ll jump in it and
say, “My God, my God,” and lift up holy hands without wrath
and doubting. And say, “Lord, I’m ready to serve.”
Joash made the right decisions as long as somebody else was
making them for him.
The Lord is ministering to our hearts tonight. You’ve got to
learn to make the right decisions regardless. Don’t let your
pastor or your leaders have to get you in a place where they
have to explain to you why you need to do something when
you get to a certain level. Oh, I feel the Holy Ghost moving
on me. Oh, I feel Him right now.
You see, when I get to a certain place in God, I’m going to
drop what I’m doing, and I’m going to run into the work.
Aren’t I? That’s what I’m going to do. Because my heart is
in it. And no matter what needs to be done, I’m going to
make myself available.
Joash was available as long as the man of God was around.
But when the man of God wasn’t around any more, he wasn’t
available for the Lord. He never established a real
dependence on God. His relationship was second-hand.
That’s ministering to somebody tonight.
Our relationship cannot be second-hand. Does that mean that
I don’t need people to pray for me sometimes? No. That
doesn’t mean that. But it means that my relationship with
God goes all the way whether He moves or He doesn’t move.
Joash had an indirect relationship. But he needed his own.
He needed for that Godly counsel and that Godly advise to be
more than words out of another man’s mouth. Do you hear
what I’m saying?
When we look at Elisha and Elijah... Go with me to First
Kings chapter nineteen. In chapter nineteen of First Kings,
and verse nineteen, it said,
19. So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of
Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before
him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and
cast his mantle upon him.
20. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let
me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will
follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what
have I done to thee?
21. And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen,
and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of
the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he
arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
He was in a place where he was receiving his mentorship
from his spiritual father. But his heart was right. Do you hear
what I’m saying tonight? He wanted to learn all it is that he
needed to learn. He wanted to get all it was that he needed to
You see, when we look at all of these different people, the
man of God was taken away from them after a while. You
see, and but... But when we look at Elisha, he watched. He
walked with. He talked with. He ministered to his mentor, in
the fashion to which he was getting himself ready to do the
work of God.
You see, we have it backwards sometimes. See, we want our
mentors to minister to us. Can I go there? You see, we want
our mentors to beg us. We want our mentors to look for us.
But the way it should be is you should be looking for your
mentors. Oh, you don’t... I won’t hear nothing off of that,
“Pastor didn’t call me.” Well, call pastor. “Well, he didn’t
call me back.” Keep on calling.
He told him, “Go back. What do I got to do with you?” Do
you hear what I’m saying? He said, “Go back, and take care
of what you need to take care of. But when you’re ready to
get in line, that’s when you come looking for me. Because I
don’t need you to waste my time.
“See, when you’re ready to lay everything else aside, that’s
when you come looking for me. Don’t come looking for me
when you’re busy doing your stuff, and you still got your stuff
to do. Because you’re going to hinder me from going where I
need to go. Because I’m going to be taken out of here. And
if my mantle don’t land on you, it’s going to land on
somebody.” Do you hear what I’m saying? God’s got
somebody that’s looking to get anointed. Oh, I feel the Holy
Ghost up in here.
That’s what he was telling him. See, when I talk to you all,
you all always got something to do. Hello, somebody. But he
said, “When you finish doing what you need to do, then you
come after me. But you stay at home until you get finished.”
So the way I’m reading this Scripture, he ran home to get
finished. He kissed mama, daddy. Gave reverence to whom
needs to be reverence to. And he went on and followed the
man of God.
This is what God is calling for in prophetic ministry. This is
not tradition, baby. You don’t get this kind of anointing from
sitting and singing hymns. Oh, my God, my God. Who am I
He said, “When you ready to get in line, that’s when you
come looking for me. Because I got work to do.”
Turn in your Bibles with me to Second Kings chapter two.
We’re talking about mentorship. And even after the mentor is
not around, I need to still walk in that Godly advise and
counsel and ministry.
In verse one of chapter two of Second Kings.
1. And it came to pass, when the LORD would take up Elijah
into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from
2. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the
LORD hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As
the LORD liveth...
And they went on and on and on and on. Until look at verse
11. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and...
Did what? What did they do? What did they do? You don’t
want to talk tome tonight. What did they do? You see, he
had something to tell h im. You see, Elisha was in a position
where he was in line to receive.
You see, if you’re not in line to receive, you’re going to miss
the blessing. You see, you don’t know when the mantel’s
being passed out, do you? It can be that very time you miss.
“Oh, they’re going to do the same thing. They’re going to
preach. They’re going to minister. And then they going to go
on home.” But it’s that same attitude that’s going to mess me
They talked. And when I look at Elijah, he wasn’t talking no
foolishness. He was telling him things that he needed to
know. Elisha, he said, had asked a hard thing of him. But
they kept on talking and walking, walking and talking,
because the work of God had to go on. Do you hear what I’m
You see, you know who’s getting in line and who’s not. You
see, you know who’s really getting in line, because a lot of
times when I check my voice mail it be the same ones on that
voice mail all the time. Do you hear what I’m saying?
And then when I don’t call them back, they don’t give up.
They might call me again that evening. They might call me
tomorrow. They’ll call me the next day. They want
something. They don’t give up and say, “Oh, he ain’t going
to call me back,” and start pouting like a big old baby.”
You got to know that if you don’t talk to the man or woman
of God, it is well. It is well. They have not changed their
feelings toward you. It is well. You cannot be insecure.
You’ve got to be secure in your relationship with God and
with the people of God.
There are people that I have not talked to in years. But as
soon as they call or I call them, we know it is well. It is well.
He wanted something. So he made sure he got himself in
line. See, when you really want something you’ll get in line.
Do you hear what I’m saying? You’ll get in line when you
really want something.
See, folks start to get mad when you start getting in line,
though. Oh, you don’t hear me tonight. See, when you start
busting out and you want to get in line, somebody going to try
to pull you back. It’s that old crowd mentality, ain’t it?
You see, when stuff ain’t being done, and then somebody
starts stepping into it and doing something, we start to get
upset, don’t we?
But if I would get in line, I would keep myself in position.
The Bible said that God is not unrighteous to forget your
work and labor of love that you have shown to the saints, and
still do show. He has not forgotten about you. He hasn’t
forgotten about your faithfulness. He has not forgotten. But
He adds to to enhance. That’s what He does. He adds to to
enhance. He adds to to enhance. That’s what he does.
As they walked, they talked. And when he was not going to
be there any more, he gave an instruction. He said, “If you
see me.” He gave him instruction of what he needed to do.
He needed to keep on watching.
I’m giving you instruction tonight. You need to keep on
watching. Because if you’re not watching, you’re not going
to see. If he did not see it, then he could not have it. If you
cannot see this thing, then you cannot have this thing.
But it’s when you see it, that’s when you can have it, when
you get in line, when you get out of self, when your stuff is
not more important than God’s stuff. I need to say that all
over again. When your stuff is not more important than
God’s stuff, then you’re going to be alright.
He had something to do. He said, “Wait a minute, man of
God. Let me go do this.” Why? Because he was responsible.
He said, “Let me take care of this. So he ran home and took
care of what he needed to take care. But he shot out back
after the man of God.
I can see him running now. Can’t you? Them cows were
looking at him like, “What is the world going on with you?
You normally take your time with us?” He said, “I got to go.”
Being in line, being in line. Joash was in line as long as the
man of God was around. But when the man of God left, his
true colors showed.
But when Elijah left Elisha, he did what Elijah did and more.
Why? Because his heart was right in it. Do you hear what
I’m saying tonight?
See, if you’re going to follow, you got to follow with your
heart right. You can’t do it just to get recognition. What’s
going to happen when nobody recognizes you? You going to
fall and crumble? Then that meant that your work wasn’t
genuine. And the Bible says every work is going to be tried
by the fire for whatever it is. And if it ain’t authentic, it’s
going to burn up. Only what we do for Christ is going to last.
The Lord gave me this message tonight for a reason. “Why,
pastor?” Because sometimes we get too lackadaisical.
Sometimes we get too familiar with the pastor too, don’t we?
We know pastor ain’t going to say nothing. Hello, somebody.
But you already know in your heart what to do. Do you hear
what I’m saying?
When you get to a certain level of maturity, your pastor and
those that are over you should only have to say, “God bless
you. Do you need prayer?” Or whatever the situation is.
When you get to a certain level, you know what to do. You
know what needs to be done to build God’s Kingdom.
But if I could only get in my heart and in my mind God first.
God first. And the local church first. You see, you have an
obligation not only to God but to your local church. See, this
is your ministry here too. And I have an obligation to you to
make sure that I build the house of the Lord. Amen? And
when I build the house of the Lord, and I make sure that His
You know what sometimes we do? You ain’t going to want
to hear this. We will make sure our stuff is top notch. We
will make sure that there’s no holes, no loopholes, no nothing
in ours. But then the house of God will go lacking. It’s tight,
but it’s right, because it’s true.
We have got to get to that place where we make sure that the
house of God is top notch. Because if that’s how I want my
own, that’s how I want God’s.
Tonight we need to make a new commitment to the house of
the Lord. You know, sometimes folks get so settled in their
ways. You could preach all you want to. It’s going in one
ear, and it’s going straight out the other. Because you’ll be
able to tell by their actions tomorrow. Oh yeah, pastor. Oh,
yeah. Don’t get mad at me. I’m just telling you the truth.
Actions speak louder than words. Actions speak louder than
words. There’s an international anointing in this house.
International. And some of us have set in churches for years
and haven’t gotten anything on our lives. Then we came here,
and God is moving.
Let me tell you something. Let me tell you something. That
same hunger that you had when you first came, you better get
it back again.
See, when we get too comfortable with each other, when we
get too comfortable with God, and we just expect God to
move... We just expect the prophet to have a word in his
mouth. We just expect these things to happen. We begin to
take them for granted. We do.
I remember a house of God. We got prophecies so much until
we were just, “Oh, my God.” It can become too much, and
we’ll throw it up. We’ll begin to throw it up. We won’t get
anything accomplished because we’ll start to rush everything,
because it’s been so much told to us that it’s over...
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We’ll come to another service. It’ll be ho-hum. We’ll go
home or wherever we got to go until the next service again.
It’s time to make a change. It’s time to pick it up a notch. It’s
time. It’s the season.
God is moving. We’re already talking about television. God
the information in hand already.
Don’t get in a position where we have to wait for you. Do
you hear what I’m saying? Come on and step up to the plate.
Do it professional. If you know you need to practice, then
you need to practice. Because you can’t get on TV half-stepping. Do you hear what... Do you hear what I’m saying?
Talking about you doing something for the Lord. The world
will laugh you to scorn, and the saints will laugh you to scorn
also. Practice. Get it perfected. Get it perfected. Go as far
as you can go. And say, “Lord, I can’t go no further unless
You strengthen me some more.” And He’ll strengthen you all
If you know what to do...(tongues.)...then do it. But if you
don’t know what to do, then that’s another story. But let your
heart be right in all that you do.
And don’t take it lightly. Take it seriously. Take it seriously.
It’s easy to take it lightly when we’re so small. But when we
get as big as God says we’re going to get, we won’t be able to
take it lightly no more. That devil will try to eat you alive.
Get in line. Even when people that have the authority over
you are not around you, stay in line. Practice being in line all
the time. And then when you get in front of everybody else
you won’t have to worry about making mistakes.
See, it’s so easy to make mistakes when you haven’t
practiced. But when you practice, practice makes perfect.
You perfect your skill. You perfect it. And when God adds
that Anointing to it, it just blows up.
So tonight don’t let your relationship with God be second-hand. But let it be a first-hand relationship. Be in a position
where you can hear from God. Be in a position where you
can say, as soon as pastor ministered, say, “The Lord told me
the same thing.” But when you say that, let it be the truth.
Sometimes folk tell me, “The Lord told me the same thing.”
I be saying, “You’re lying.” Praise the Lord.
So tonight let’s let our relationship be first-hand with God, so
that when we come together we can immediately be on one
accord. Because if you notice, when preachers preach
messages, you know, you’re turning on TBN, and it be on the
same line. Isn’t it? Because He will do nothing except He
reveal it to His servants the prophets.
And if you are in the five-fold ministry you are a prophet,
because you are a mouthpiece for God. Not just an office of
the prophet, but you are a mouthpiece. You have to
So tonight if you’re blessed give God a handclap of praise.