W A L K I N G A N D L I V I N G B Y F A I T H S E R I ES
ďI waited forty-five years for this MiracleĒ
Excerpts from a sermon by Bishop William Lee Bonner
Joshua 14:8-12, Joshua 5:6, Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)
pen your Bibles with me to the Book of Joshua chapter 14 and these words are recorded; Thank you Jesus! verse 8..
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's forever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God
10 And now, behold, the LORD hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.
My subject ďI waited forty-five years for this miracle.Ē ďI waited forty-five years for this miracle.Ē Thatís a long time to wait for a miracle. What is it in life that is so worthwhile, so intriguing, so fascinating, so desirous that you would wait forty-five years? I donít know whether are not I could wait that long for a miracle. I think that I would have to do more fasting then I am doing now. Thatís a long time to wait!
And yet this servant of the Lord knew precisely what he wanted out of life. He knew precisely what life had promised him and he was determined to pursue it. I want this blessing. I have to have this blessing. It is in the hands of the enemies now but it is going to be in my hand tomorrow! Oh alleluia! Thank you, Jesus! Because I believe God! That it shall be just as He said!
What is it that drove this servant of the Lord to endue forty years of living among complaining folks, not living among saints, but living among complaining folks, backslidden folks, folks who donít see the vision, folks who donít see the worth of sacrifice to go to Canaan, living among these folks who are determined to take us back to Egypt.
This servant of the Lord had this strong feeling within himself! Forty years, Forty Years the Bible said in
Joshua 5:6 (KJV)
6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Forty Years! Forty Years! Living among people who are looking back instead of forward! Whatever it is behind you, the Bible says, Forget It. I didnít hear you! Somethings are behind you! Forget those things which are behind you and you reach for those things which are before you! Caleb said Canaan is before me! Lord I praise You! I can hear the demons talking.to Caleb saying to Caleb ďman you might as well give up!Ē. The majority of the people are backsliding because they are not going to Canaan.
They are afraid of the Amorites, they are afraid the Hivites; they are afraid of Jebusites, they are afraid of the giants in the land of Canaan. They are afraid of them. They are afraid to fight. Caleb says ďI want to fight!Ē If you donít fight You donít win. If you donít fight you will never receive what you want in this life! You got to fight for it! You canít just pray! You got to fight for it! Praise the Lord! You got to fight your own Will! Your Will of yourself that does not want to suffer! Doesnít want to go thru this that and the other! You got to fight that demon of your own Will. Lord I Praise You! Thank Ya!
But He conquered that demon. And he said to the demons of his flesh. He said when I went to Canaan, when I went into that land and I saw what God promised. I saw it with mine own eyes! It is more than what God said it was! Alleluia! These fellows who are discouraging you all and telling you all ďLetís go back to Egypt!Ē They are misleading you!
Praise the Lord! Uhn No! I am not going back! If I have to stand by myself; I am not going back to Egypt! My mind is made up and my heart is fixed! Praise the Lord! And I am not backsliding for nobody! I am not backsliding for my wife! I am not backsliding for my children! I am not backsliding for my cousins! I am not backsliding for nobody!
Praise the name of God! I know what want and I that I have to suffer to get it! I am willing to pay the price; I am willing to go thru any HELL that I have to go thru, I am willing to go thru the deepest valley and walk over the tallest mountain; as long as I can get my blessing!
Lord I praise You! It is worth the price that you must pay! In order to achieve the goals in this life that you want to achieve! Lord I praise You! I want something that Eyes have not seen yet; Something that ears have not heard yet! I donít want the normal things like you! I want something that you have not seen yet! I want something that you have not visualized yet! Praise the name of our God! And I am a fool enough to believe it! And I believe that God is going to give it to me! Praise the name pf our God! Alleluia! I believe that God is going to bless Pastor Bonner and he is going to get this miracle and no demon in Hell is going to stop me! Praise the name of our God! He might stop you but he wonít stop me! He might block you but He wonít block me! I know how to get pass his blockade!
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Wait I say on the Lord! Donít you know waiting on God! He is going to mount up after while! You are going to fly like an eagle! Praise the name of our God! You are going to fly over so much stuff! Praise God folk are going to wonder How in the name of God did she get that? How did she get that Miracle? How did she get that blessing! She said ďI waited on God!Ē ďAnd He mounted me up on wings like an eagle! Praise the name of our God! Canít you see yourself going on into to your miracle! Going on into your blessings!
I see it! I see you getting everything you ask for coming in this Holy Year! I see you claiming everything that the devil got his hands on right now! I see you claiming what the devil has go tied up! Praise the Lord! I see you telling that demon you are going to lose me; you going to lose my blessings! Praise the name of our God! God is going to do something! Canít you feel it!! I got the feel it blues! I feel something! Praise the name of our God! I feel your blessings are at the door! And all you got to do is just wait a little while longer.
And everything is going to be alright! Come on somebody and give Him the glory! And give Him the Praise! Because He is going to do this thing! He is doing it Right Now! And you ought to Praise Him right now! You ought to give Him Glory Right now And say Look where He brought me from! And look where He is going to take me! Come on praise Him! Come on Praise Him! Oh! Thank You, Jesus! Thank Ya, Sir! Thank You! Glory! Oh Alleluia!
You want this Blessing! - Sometime you canít let go what you have to get something better!