It’s so good working together and just being together. I do want to say excited about the times that we’re in right now as we’re getting ready for the conference. And I do need to announce that I’m going to be going to different churches to inspire them to come to the conference. Not only me. Marshall is going down to Broward and a few other places. Marcus Overstreet will be gone for the next three weeks, I’ll be gone. So do not think that I’m leaving. And don’t make fun when I come back, because that always happens. Oh, let’s introduce our new Minister. No, I told you this time. Okay. But I’ll be going to Greensboro to talk with them, then I’ll be going down to Miami to talk with them, and then North River in Atlanta. And it’s really just to help people come to the conference. We need to just see an amazing thing happen, and it is going to be amazing. So I’m excited to do that, so I’m telling you before. But what we’re going to do to start off today, we’re going to have a game. You guys ready for a game? Zoom people, you have a game.
I’m about to tell them to switch. I’m talking to Zoom people in this camera. I know we have about two other cameras, but Zoom people having a game. Get ready. But it’s called sword in hand. All right? So the way you got to do it now, what’s your sword? What’s the spiritual sword? The Bible. All right, so I want you to hold up your Bible right now. Hold it up. Hold up your Bible. This is my Bible right here. I noticed we got all kinds of Bibles. Okay? If you have a digital Bible and you’re on a phone or something, you got to go to make your screen black right now. And that’s same for you on Zoom, you’re home. This is Holy Spirit honor. Okay. All right, so make it black right now, because the way the game goes is I’m going to give you a scripture to turn to. Now, those who have the Bible and you can’t have your Bible already open, it’s got to be closed. Okay. And make it fair. All right, what we’re going to do, I’m going to call out a scripture, and the second you get there, you got to stand up and read it.
Okay? As fast as you can. Try to be the first one to stand and read it on Zoom. You got to be able to stay in the chat. I got it. I don’t know how. Who’s going to referee over there? The spirits with you. I’m sure somebody will. So are you ready for this? Are we ready? The passages, second Kings, 23, verse 25, 2nd Kings, 23, verse 25, 2nd King. Zoom, read it. All right. Wow, that was fast. You go, wow. Was there anyone with a Bible that was paper Bible almost there when she stood? You were there. You were there. Come on. We got to stand up for them people as well as Jake talked about last. Come on. And those on Zoom, who won on Zoom. I won’t be able to hear it back. You guys talk about it, put it in the chat. Who won? You get a million dollars. No, you don’t. Sorry about that. But anyway, yeah, there it is, Terry, and whoever did it on Zoom cash it in heaven. You’ll be able to do that. You had sword in hand. Now, the reason I did that game is how fast can you move and respond in God’s word?
Now we have digital things. We’re not as good with the paper Bibles when we all had the Scrolls. I mean of the Bible in our hands. You know what I’m talking about. You’d have to remember the books. You’d hear pages going. And remember when you first came to Church, you’re doing the fan thing. You’re just like looking around, see if it’s the Old or New Testament. You know that. Yeah. Nowadays we’re getting it so easy for us, so we really should be able to respond so much faster. Do you need a mic? I have mic problems. That’s all right. You all know how to respond. All right? So we really got to be able to it’s all right. He’s going to fix it up. Title is Spiritual Response Time. Can you respond to God’s word? And I really believe that where we’re at right now is that we can get a little bit slower in our response time spiritually, because of a lot of different things. The other day I came here. This is where we meet at Church. But it’s also where I go to the gym and where I play basketball. I haven’t played basketball for two and a half years. Since Covid, I have not played any basketball. Isn’t that sad? So I went, it is. He understands. I went to the gym and I said, I had some time. I’m going to go play. And I like to play with the old guys because the guys my age, I can handle them. All right, we’re good? I can get rid of this? All right? I can handle them. So I went to the gym, but I went kind of late, and that was smart, too. So you don’t play as many games. You know what I’m talking about. And I went to the gym and the old guy said, we’ll have another game. And the next thing you know, the young guys are over there, say, we need one more. I was like, I don’t want to play over there with you guys. You all crazy. You all knock people down. Don’t pick them up. I don’t like playing with you guys. Oh, come on over. Come on, man. Play. All right. My first time back, I didn’t want to play with them. But I played and I did terrible. Response time was not where it needed to be. Man, I was wide open on one shot.
Wide open. I put it up and this dude, about six eight, came flying from somewhere over here. And he slapped that ball out the poof. I was like, what just happened? And of course I said I should be playing with the old guys, but I got him back because we switched on a pick. And then I fouled him. I grabbed a ball, I pushed him around. He’s way bigger than me. My response time in basketball is not back yet. It will be. I’m coming. Talking to my man, right? He’s looking at me. I think that’s where we’re at spiritually because of Covid as well. We’re a little bit slow. Our spiritual response time is not as fast as it used to be. How do you know? How do you respond to things? How do you respond to things that you used to respond to quickly when you saw different parts of your life? Today’s message. I’m just going to have to share some things today. If you’re visiting today, man, this is family time. Welcome to our family. It’s time to have a talk about where we’re at spiritually and how we respond to our times, our generation, our culture.
Though our world is changing and the world is changing, isn’t it? We can’t let it stop. We can’t make our Church culture change because of the world. The word of God and his family has to remain the same through all the ages. No matter what’s going on, no matter pandemic or earthquake or whatever it is or whatever’s going on in your generation, we got to have the same spiritual response time. His power can override anything, any of those things. What’s our response you think of our world today? We have so many things going on. We have so many things going on. Here’s two pictures right here. The shootings that are going on in our nation today. If you think of what happened on the train in New York, ten people wounded. We hear of these things of shootings in Buffalo. What happened there? 13 people, ten killed. We can’t let this become our culture to where we hear about these things and they don’t move us. We can’t make it, well, this is just American culture. We have massacres. No, but what can happen is the enemy, Satan, can lull us into apathy. What’s apathy? It’s also known as indifference, suppression of emotion.
We just get hard. You know, we can never say, I really don’t care about that. We need to engage. We need to be able to say, no, I’m not going to just tune out on what’s going on in the world, but I’ve got to respond. And I think sometimes we can say, the world’s crazy out there, but then it doesn’t change us. It doesn’t take us to a place to where we pray more. I see things on the news. I can’t say I don’t care. You know what I got to do? I got to say I’m going to pray, I’m going to be more urgent. And I even think just about how this can roll right into our Church culture, too. What’s our Church culture? How we meet right now, let’s talk a little bit here. We meet in person and we meet on Zoom. And I’m so glad that we have these two things. And I have to say, when we were all online, it was pretty good. I love having breakfast with Michelle right before Church. Five minutes before Church, we’d be there having breakfast. We both have the TV already on, ready to go.
Let’s go. Got to go. Of course, we eat a lot longer before that. We can sit down. It was so calm. It was not this morning, but it taught us how to do something. Amen. It taught us how to be able to do all the online things that we’re doing and be able to have Zoom. It’s a good thing. I think we got better at producing and serving those I mean, who are shut in. We have people that are on Zoom that will remain on Zoom after the health thing totally goes away. We will still have a way to reach them. Isn’t that great? And it’s also good, if you go on vacation, you can still be in tuned with the Church. Isn’t that great? You can go to Timbuktu, now and still be at Church. That’s a good thing. But we can’t be going back and forth. I meet in person and then you can’t be on vacation every week. Do you understand me? It can’t be that you wake up, you say, what am I going to do? Am I going to Church while I might go on Zoom? I might go in person.
I don’t know. Let’s just see how it goes. I didn’t get ready early enough. I guess I’ll go on Zoom. That’s not how we approach work. We got to ask ourselves and determine what Covid has done is we do what is essential. You remember when we were really in it and we locked down and think, well, the hospital stayed open, grocery store stayed open, we had to eat. We did what was essential. And we got into all these things of what we do, whatever is essential, and we prioritize that way. And if your boss calls you in for two days of the week to go in now, many of us are working at home. Many are working at home now. If the boss calls you in, you go in to work. You go in for two days. But it can’t be that all of a sudden when it comes to Church, if we just call you to come to Church for one day, all of a sudden that’s too much for you to do. I’m talking to you and those on Zoom and I’m not talking to those who need to be there. I’m talking to you know who you are.
I’m talking to you. The ones say I was at Church. Well, how were you at Church? What did you do for God? We do this with schools. If a school calls, you go to a meeting. If somewhere else, you do all these things. But then when it comes to Church, you don’t do. And I’m not saying not to be careful. Wear a mask and do all the things you got to do. Now, don’t get me wrong, but God knows what you prioritize and what you think is essential. And he knows how you make decisions. And we can’t toggle between. Let’s just commit to being together and let’s get back on there. And then if you’re on Zoom, then put your camera on. You’re already not at Church. What are you doing right now? Some of you without your cameras on. What are you doing right now? Are you multi tasking? Are you fixing something at home, too, man, Brian really getting into it today. Out in the garden somewhere. What are you doing? You didn’t do that before. We got ready for Church. We prepared for Church. We went to Church. You see, what Covid has done is made us selfish.
It’s got us thinking about ourselves. We got to protect ourselves, and we do need to protect ourselves. But Luke 9:23 says, Deny yourself and pick up your cross. So we have to get to the place to where spiritually, we’re not letting the world water down our standards. And you know what? Covid is here to stay. We’re going to have to learn to live with this one. Before Covid, did you get your flu shots? How many times you get the flu before? How many times you got the flu in your life? We count how much time we got Covid, but the flu came from a pandemic that whole term, and we learned to live with it. And we’re going to learn and I’m saying, be careful, be careful. But let’s not let it change our culture. And today I’m going to talk in Second Kings 22, I’m going to talk about Josiah. And that was a scripture that was in the sword of hand. Josiah is going to give us a template on how we need to respond to God’s word when we become aware of God’s standards. And he shows us how to take action.
And I want to encourage you to go back and read. I can’t read all of the Kings of what’s going on, but I just want to tell you the story a little bit. If you’re ready, come with me and let me tell you the story. It says that Josiah was eight years old when he became King, and he reigned 31 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah and the daughter of Adiah in Bozkath. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord and walked in all the ways of his father, David. He did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Isn’t that a great description of him? But we do have to ask the text some questions. Was David his father? So why did they say David in the Bible? When you read the Bible, you do it’s good to ask questions. So why did they say he walked in all the ways of his father, David? Brian, you had said no very quickly. I don’t know who else is with Brian. He wasn’t his father. Did he do 23 and me and he found out who his father was or what was that?
He went to the gold standard. He’s right. You know why? Because his father was evil. His father was Emon. His father was evil and in Two Kings 21, Emon’s scriptural resume. When your name is mentioned in the Bible, I say it’s your scriptural. It will go down in history. Here’s his father’s resume in verse 21 as it talks about him. Amon. So he walked in all the ways that his father had walked and he served idols that his father had served and worshiped them. He forsook the Lord God, his fathers and did not walk in the way of the Lord. Josiah’s father followed Josiah’s grandfather, who was not mentioned here as well. Why? Because he was evil. Menasseh, if you read in Second Kings 21, I’m not going to read all of it, but I’ll give you a quick description of the kind of things he liked to do that were evil. He did evil in the sight of the Lord. He set up abominations that were in all the other nations. He brought what other nations had and brought it into Israel. He rebuilt high places, which Hezekiah, his father, his father tore down all the high places.
But Menasseh, Josiah’s grandfather, you know what he did? He rebuilt them. He raised up altars for Baal and Asherah. You heard of those before. Baal, I mean, this is what the other nations would worship. And he built altars. He also built altars in the temple. The Bible said, don’t ever do that. But he had altars to Baal and to Asherah and set up images in the temple of God. He made all these different places for the heavenly host. He even had one of his children, one of his children pass the fire of Molech, which was they would sacrifice their firstborn these traditions so that they could have prosperity. He did this. The world has been bad for a while. He practiced soothsaying witchcraft, consulted spirits and mediums. This is me saying at the end of Jake getting up in announcements, those of you who want to read the palm readers here today, they’ll be right out in the lobby. You can get it for half price. And imagine you feeling like that’s good, I should go today. And not being alarmed about it because the ways of the world, they didn’t pay attention to the word of God anymore.
And Josiah was born into this. Josiah was eight years old. He never saw the temple in a Holy glory because of all these defilements. But he thought that was the norm. You get it? Yeah, because that was the life around him. So let’s read some more. We’re going to read a response. So what happened? Let me tell you the story, the whole story here of the temple. So Josiah becomes King. As he gets older, you know what he decides to do? Let’s fix up the temple. Let’s get it going again. So they’re restoring the temple. And guess what? As they’re fixing up all the walls and everything, guess what they find? The Word of God. The scribes come to him. We found the Book of the Law. Now, I don’t know who hid it. I do know who hid it. Grandpa and Father hid that book. They didn’t want to listen to it, but they found it and they brought it to Josiah. We found it. Dusted off that this is the word of God. And what happens? It says here, verse eleven. Now, it happened when the King heard the words of the Book of the Law that he tore his clothes.
Then he commanded Hilklah the priest, Ahikam, the son of Shaphan Achbor and son of Michaiah, Shaphan the scribe, Isaiah, the servant of the King, saying, Go inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judea concerning the words of this book that has been found for great is the wrath of the Lord that is aroused against us. Because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book to do according to all that is written concerning us. This is spiritual response time. He tore his clothes. What was that? The strongest reaction that you could make. It was a sign of mourning. It was like saying tragedy. I’m gonna tear my clothes to show this is terrible. And then the first thing he says, We’ve got to go to God. He inquired not just for himself. God saved me. He acquired for the people. He said, we are all in trouble. This was not whether or not well, this really was your father and your grandfather. Not part of my father. No. We are in trouble. And God promised wrath. And I think sometimes we don’t like to talk about God’s wrath. We like Church to where it can just make me feel good.
Let’s not talk about what’s coming if we don’t obey God. But hell is still a place. And if you’re not a child, if you don’t surrender to God and become a disciple or remain a disciple, disciples, are you with me? We will face God’s wrath. That’s in the Bible. It has not changed and it needs to affect our response time. It affected them. He was cut to the heart because the culture had become ungodly. So I asked you, how’s your hearing? How’s your hearing right now? Are you distracted? People on Zoom? Are you hearing God’s word today? We got to stay engaged. We got to make sure that we don’t allow the world to take our full attention. And social media and everything that we can grab us is out to get us and pull our ears away from the word of God. And, you know, we got to become aware. We got to become aware of God’s Word. And Josiah was aware. What did he inquired. He says, all right, let’s go to the Lord. And he went to a Prophet. He said, we got to hear from God. I’ve got to hear from God.
What is God going to say? And God had bad news and some good news. You know, when it comes time for us to repent, we don’t want to face the consequences of our sins. Are you with me? When I messed up, I want his Grace just to cover me and not let me have to go through any really hard times. That’s a lie. I can tell myself a bunch of lies. Just have Grace, God, totally, not let there be any consequence to my sin. You know, there’s consequences to your sins. Decisions you’ve made. And I’ve made bad decisions that have hurt people I love. Loved ones, the ones that are closest to me. But thank God, there is Grace. But we’ve got to be able to hear the bad news. Josiah was able. So let’s just hear what happened. First, the bad news. You ready? Someone asked you, you want the bad news of the good news first? What do you usually ask?I want just get the bad out the way.
Let me know what’s up and look at what happens. Thus says the Lord, behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants. All the words of the book which the King of Judah has read because they have forsaken me and have burned incense to other gods, and that they might provoke me to anger and with all the works of their hands. Therefore, my wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched. Wow, that’s not good. What did they do? They made idols. The Ten Commandments say that. Deuteronomy five, Exodus 20 tells they do not make an idol before me. God does not take second place. And we’ve got to be alarmed when we start putting things before God. This is the same God we serve. He’s provoked. He says, Listen, I can’t let what your grandfather, your father, and many other evil men there have done does not go punished. I will have to do what I have to do because the work of their hands. We really rely on what we make. That’s why idols are so bad to God, because we trust in something other than God, and we trust in what we make.
And I think we are so separated from this because the fact is how many items you have at home? We don’t have a wooden figure or we don’t have idols. But do we have idols, brothers and sisters? Anything you put before God and anything that you think is more valuable than God’s word? We got to be careful to make sure that the news doesn’t become more important to you than God’s Word. That we can just get all fearful of what’s going on in our world because of what politicians get going in us to be fearful about. And that’s a real thing. But does the Bible make you fearful? It should. And no man thing that they’ve made should make us fearful. Amen, brothers and sisters? If it’s man made, we can stand tall. Why? Because God is involved. But we can get self reliant. We can go to the things that we’ve made. And you have to ask yourself, since Covid, have you crossed some lines? Have you lowered your standards? You know, when we have a lot of time to ourselves, it’s not good. We talk about they’re their God. They’re their gods. But yet we have a lot of gods that come in on many different mediums.
How’s your purity been? Have you compromised? What about what you watch on TV, Netflix, or even regular TV shows? The regular TV shows are now becoming like soft porn because they’re trying to keep up with Netflix and all the rest of them. It’s amazing how you’re watching just something that used to be on. But this is NBC. What’s going on? Is our line still just as far away? You know, when you know your threshold, too, what you can watch. And I’m not saying you can’t watch TV. Don’t read me wrong here. But, you know you. You know the lines that you made one day, but then what we do is we just kind of creep. You know, sin creeps into your life because you move a line a little over here. Next thing you know, you say, it’s, okay, I can watch that. And we do that with relationships, too. And if you keep moving lines, next thing you know, you’re in immorality. Next thing you know, impurity becomes a norm. And this is real. You got to ask yourself, what am I doing? Okay, maybe it’s not the terrible things on TV, and I just picked on TV for a little while.
I can’t do all the sins, but you just apply the same principles to all the rest of your sins. Okay, but just think about it. Well, maybe, well, it’s not purity, but it’s binge watching. Debauchery. That’s a sin, too. We got to just look at ourselves and say, how am I prioritizing God? And this is what God was upset with the Israelites is that they put the lines too far back. That’s the bad news. Do you want some good news? What’s the good news? The good news was in Second Kings 22. Look at what God said through the Prophet. But as for you, King of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord. He’s talking to the Prophet now. In this manner, you shall speak to him. Thus says the Lord of Israel, concerning the words which you have heard, because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the Lord. When you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation in a curse. And you tore your clothes and wept before me. I also have heard you, says the Lord. Surely gathered Surely, therefore I will gather you to your father, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace, and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place. So they brought back the word to the King.
That’s good news. His response time changed God’s hand. And he said, but for you, because you repented. And this really relates to us. If we repent from our sins, God will give us Grace. We live in an age of Jesus now. This is the Old Testament. We have the Grace of Jesus blood that Jake shared about earlier. We have this to where we can get motivated. And what does it do to the King? Did the King just say, oh, I’m glad I made it. Everybody else is going to go down. But I’m all right now. Good. No, you know what grace does to you? It motivates you to be radical. And that took the King into an action. He said, I’m going to take action even though I heard some bad news. I heard some good news about my life. But we got to get the nation together. And he got focused and he responded to what was going on.
Before he got to hear, how did he respond? He was a madman, but he was King. All right, let’s think about that. I can be a madman, but I don’t have much power. Okay, you can say Brian’s gone crazy, but if I’m the governor and I can go mad. Now, I’m not saying anyone is mad. Don’t be quoting me or anything like this now. But if I got some power and I can get the police force behind me and I can say, we’re going to clean up Orlando, we’re going house to house. That’s a different guy, isn’t it? Well, the King had power. What did he do? First thing he did, he went into the temple and he took out all the articles that weren’t in the book of the law. All those, all the altars, all the paintings, all the Asherahs. They had all kinds of different stuff. And you know what? He probably got lots if flack because it was artwork. You can’t take that out. My great great grandmother put that in. It’s coming out. He took it out. You know what he was doing? He would take it out and burn it. He’d take the priests out, too.
He took the priest out. He took the wooden images out. He burned it and wouldn’t even keep the Ashes near the temple. Had to go dump it somewhere way out in the Valley of Kendra, in the Brook. He put it out there. He tore down the ritual booth where they sacrificed those children to Molech and all that. He crossed them out. You got to read it. It says he pulverized things. Yeah, he went for it. That is a word. He was on a rampage. It sounds like Jesus in the temple, doesn’t it? Sounds like our Lord with the whip. And then what did he do? He read this passage. And then the King, this is what it says right here, after he did all that second King 23 then the King commanded all the people, saying, Keep the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this book of the Covenant. Such a Passover, surely, had never been held since the days of the judges. And I’m going to come back to the scripture, but I just want to talk about that first part. After he did all that, then he says, people, listen, all of us, we got to get ourselves together.
He commanded the people, we got to do what the Bible says. We go to change. You know, I always like to ask this question. If you are studying the Bible with you right now, if you’re studying the Bible with yourself, just imagine another one of you. Clone yourself for a second now, it doesn’t mean that one’s going to work and you’re staying at home. No, clone yourself just for a second. You’re studying the Bible with you right now. Are you baptizable to count all the costs? You know, we haven’t been in studies for a while. It’s been about two years. Some of us and some even more because we’ve been kind of in lockdown. You know what studies do for you? They remind you of who you say you are. But if you study by yourself, would you be able to say, you’re ready to get baptized? Jesus, Lord, we all need to be that way every day. And you’ve got to count the cost with yourself. And that’s what the King was doing. He was saying, listen, let’s get ourselves together. In Second Kings 23 21, look at what he does. Moreover, Josiah put away those who consulted Medians and spiritualists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book of Hilkiah, the priests found in the house of the Lord.
He didn’t just do this on the outside, didn’t just clean up the Church building and the meeting place. You know what he went next? The household to get your little shrines that you have on your side, your little place that you might have developed a little household God. And we’ve got to look at our lives. Has Covid given us some household gods? Has Covid given us some things that we do at home? You know who you really are when you’re all alone and when you’re at home, your kids can tell a story. That’s why going to Kingdom kids is a good thing. Get to see what’s going on in the household. But they erected images at home. And what are some of the things that can be erected in your life? And I’ve talked about this before. How do you relax? It’s all right to drink. Amen. It’s okay to drink, but when drinking becomes your only peace, I’ve got to have this glass of wine. I’ve got to have the beer right now because, well, it’s been a hard day and I got to unwind and I have to let my mind kind of go and all of a sudden it’s one beer, then two beer, one wine two of this and all of a sudden it turns into habit.
Next thing you know, it’s trapped you. What about your marriage right now? We haven’t been getting together in our one another Covenant relationships. And, you know, when a marriage doesn’t get any help from the outside, the reason that I’m married today and I can say I have a great marriage is because I had so many good people in our life. Michelle and I, if we did not have the people in our lives weekly, if we weren’t Christians, we wouldn’t be married or we’d have something that looked like what a marriage is, but it wouldn’t be what God wanted. But today we are who we are because we got people in our life. Marrieds, have you had anyone in your life, or is there just this kind of drama that goes on in your marriage that you’re now accepting as norm? Well, this is how it’s going to be. She’s not going to change. Well, he’s not going to change. Well, this is how it’s going to be. And we have to leave it like that. Is that what God said on your wedding day? No. Is that what you dreamed of? No. It’s a household God.
And you got to drive it out. You got to drive it out. How you speak to one another is the respect. We got to get others in there, and we got to be willing to be in each other’s lives. Amen. And the single said Amen. Just go on to the next part. Now we talk about them marrieds. Them marrieds are wicked people. Singles, do you have an accountability partner? Who’s your accountability partner? Who knows you? Who knows how you spend your money? Who knows how you party? Who knows who knows the secrets? And you got to have it. It’s good to live with Christians if you’re in a Christian household. Amen. I appreciate the brother’s household over there a bunch of brothers over there that help keep each other accountable. You got to do what’s right. But we got to have people in our lives, and we got to get all of it out in the giving, how we give to God. There’s been some spiritual laziness, brothers and sisters, it’s time to wake up, and you got to repent with your whole heart. And there’s been pride to wear don’t even come talk to me. Don’t even come talk to me.
Sin creeps in. It doesn’t creep out. You don’t say, Well, I’m just going to take a little bit away, and I’ll eventually make it over there. I’ll just take a little bit. No, you got to radically pulverize sin. You got to get it open. You got to confess your sins, and then you’ve got to get accountable people. You got to do everything to say, I am going to change. I’m going to be different. I’m going to change like Josiah and be radical. And I love this part right here. I said, come back to it to where it says here that when Josiah called them, we’re going to have a Passover. We’re going to have something great. It’s going to be incredible. And it says, such a Passover, surely, had never been held since the days of the judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the Kings of Israel and the Kings of Judah. But in the 18th year of King Josiah, this Passover was held before the Lord in Jerusalem. After we change, there comes a blessing, and they even had to go back to the book of judges. They had to go back a long way to say there hasn’t been a worship service like this.
And brothers and sisters, it’s time for us to dream about how we can be as a north region. Amen. It’s time for us to have some worship nights where we just keep singing and we’re singing loud to God. Isn’t it great when we have the worship nights and we can just sing a bunch of songs? That’s all we’re doing is going to sing tonight and praise God. It takes a little while to get the day off, but then all of a sudden you just get there and you just feel like this is like being in heaven. It’s time for us to move to those days. It’s time for us to come back together again and have family Funfest again. Amen. Time for us to come back and have the food competitions where people try to outdo each other and make different plates better than others. It’s some good eating, isn’t it? That’s the Passover. That’s who we are. That’s what the World Discipleship Summit is going to be. It’s going to be a big celebration. It’s going to be like never before. Only one of its kind. Don’t miss WDS our World Summit. It’s going to be like this.
It hasn’t been like this, we can say for sure in the last ten years. We don’t know when it will happen again. But I look forward to us having a culture to where we’re back spiritually. Amen, brothers and sisters? And if you’re on Zoom and you can’t come in person, well, I can’t hey sing at home. Disturb your neighbors. Sing loud. Let’s raise the roof off because our God is the great God. How’s your response time?
I want to close with this passage right here where it gives a description of Josiah because of how he responded. Anything that I want God to know about me is that when I’m challenged I can respond. Look at his scriptural resume on response time as it remembers him. Now before him there were no King like him. There was no King like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his mind according to all the law of Moses nor after him did any arise like him. Josiah became the King that God wanted him to be. Brothers and sisters let’s be the people that God wants us to be.
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