MARCH INTO YOUR GREATNESS

Forward Thinkers, Your Season To Be Great Is Now!!!

Civil Rights Leader Congressman John Lewis once said ‘If not us, then who? If not now, then when?’

Forward Thinkers, this month, 68 college basketball teams (including both Texas Southern University and the University of Houston) will compete in March Madness to determine who will be crowned the NCAA National Basketball Champion. Forward Thinkers, every team believes, regardless the odds, that this season they can be great.

Forward Thinkers, that must be our mindset also in the year 2018. God has ordained us to operate under the unction (empowerment) of Increased Growth and it’s time we marched into our greatness.

John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Forward Thinkers, first, we must build the foundation to this monthly series of teaching by asking ourselves, if not us then who? If not now, then when?

Forward Thinkers, are you ready for your marching orders?

The God Factor

Gospel Artist Ricky Dillard has a song called God Is Good and some of the lyrics declare the greatness of the Lord is inconceivable, the power of the Lord is unbeatable, great is the God we serve. God is great.

I don’t know anyone that will debate that God is great, but today I need you to understand the God factor declared you Forward Thinkers are great also.

Genesis 1:26-27 New International Version (NIV)

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness. Law of 1st mention, the first time God refers to man, He calls us great just like Him.

Forward Thinkers, when we are operating in our full potential we are operating in God’s greatness. This season, don’t be ashamed to let your light shine.

Jesus the Way Maker

John 15:5-8 New International Version (NIV)

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Forward Thinkers, if you connect to Jesus, you will produce greatness. Jesus is the way maker to our greatness. Jesus is the real plug, connect, to the ultimate Heavenly hook-up.

Holy Spirit – the Best Teammate Possible

Acts 1:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Forward Thinkers, you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will become a witness to the greatness everywhere you go.

Joshua 6:1-7 New International Version (NIV)

6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

6 So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” And he ordered the army, “Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the Lord.”

Marching Orders for Forward Thinkers,

2 Key Words March and Advance

Marching Alignment:

Golden Gladiators (Seniors) You are not too old to march into greatness. God woke you up this morning on purpose with a purpose.

Remember, Caleb was 40 years old went he asked for a mountain but 85 years old before he actually received possession of the mountain.

Joshua 14:11-12 New International Version (NIV)

11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

Millenniums – You are young and strong. Many refer to you as the Joshua generation (after Moses) but you are really more like David the giant killer because you are not afraid to go to battle and you’re confident enough to believe you can defeat the giant. This season, like David, you might not do everything right but you are bold enough to get off the sidelines and do something. Greatness follows courageous faith, not sideline observation.

Generations between Golden Gladiators and Millenniums- Old enough to know the value of wisdom and patience but still young enough to feel the competitive juices flowing in your spirit. Remember, Jesus said greater things will they be able to do in my name.

March Into Greatness Regardless of Past Failures

Joshua 6:1 New International Version (NIV)

6 Now the gates of Jericho were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Forward Thinkers, we must value the power of Now.

Forward Thinkers, we must put the past behind us.

Forward Thinkers, we must realize every team that wins their first championship had to forget the fact it had never won before.

Forward Thinkers, we must have the attitude if not us, then who, if not now, then when?

March Into Greatness Knowing God is Marching Ahead of You and Along the Side of You

Joshua 6:2 New International Version (NIV)

2 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.

Forward Thinkers, we must march in faith knowing we are set up to be great.

March Into Greatness and Take the City

Joshua 6:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

Forward Thinkers, a report came out stating over the last 50 years there has been no real change and in some cases, things are worse for Blacks in employment, housing, and incarceration. If we include education and violent crimes the city is in trouble but God has called and empowered us with marching orders to take the city.

Forward Thinkers, at our full potential we are creating employment opportunities, getting people out of apartments and into houses, while fighting against mass incarceration and declaring no more bloodshed.

John 15:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

In conclusion Forward Thinkers, we have done enough talking; it is time we do some taking. If not us, then who, if not now, then when?

Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located at 200 W. Greens Road, Houston,Texas, 77067. Pastor Deckard is also the Co-Founder of the No More Bloodshed Movement. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at pastoreadeckard@pdq.net, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net.