It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how i keep from going under
It’s like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder how i keep from going under
Don’t push me, cause I’m close to the edge
I’m trying not to lose my head (uh huh huh hu)
It’s like a jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder
How I keep from going under
– Grandmaster Flash
9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
Forward Thinkers God gave Noah a vision (a dream) to build an ark but Noah had to maintain a can’t stop won’t stop attitude to achieve it. Forward Thinkers the bible states faith without works is dead but unfortunately many of us are trying to achieve greatness and make an impact on society without putting in the work necessary to do anything worth doing. God put the dream inside of Noah’s heart but Noah was responsible for putting a hammer inside of his hand and doing the work needed to make the dream a reality.
The Life-cycle of a Dream
Lying down to receive dream
Forward Thinkers Noah was living in a very un-Godly violent society and God had to speak to him in a lying down position so Noah could hear him in the midst of all the chaos. Forward Thinkers we must position ourselves in a quiet place to hear from God but we must also understand Satan will attempt to keep us in a lying down position after we have received directions from God. Forward Thinkers receiving revelation is not the end but the beginning so don’t allow the enemy to hold you down and keep you asleep.
Sitting up to see the vision
Forward Thinkers once you hear from God the next thing you must do is sit up and see the vision that God sees for your life. Forward Thinkers remember while you’re seeing the vision the enemy will do everything to distract you into looking at a negative image and delaying you from getting in position to move forward.
Forward Thinkers once you are sitting up the next step is to begin crawling. Crawling is not very popular or glamorous but crawling is still progress and a necessary part of achieving greatness. Forward Thinkers a major blessing during the crawling season is the fact that crawling humbles you and gets you in the presence of God.
Forward Thinkers after crawling you are now finally ready to get up. Forward Thinkers getting up is the pivotal point of the process because at this stage you are in position to make significant progress. Forward Thinkers remember the enemy will continue to try and knock you down or trip you up. Forward Thinkers the bible declares no weapon formed against us shall prosper so hold on to your faith at all times.
Walking at a slow pace
Forward Thinkers walking at a slow pace is equivalent to crawling because no one wants to stay in this position very long. Walking at a slow pace allows you to gain insight and build a solid foundation. Be careful because during the walking slow season the enemy will attempt to convince you that you are not making progress and you might as well quit. Forward Thinkers it is very important to declare can’t stop won’t stop during the walking slow period.
Forward Thinkers in spite of all the opposition you didn’t give up and now you’re walking at a faster pace and achieving more than ever before. Forward Thinkers this is a very exciting stage of life cycle of a dream because you are finally seeing tangible evidence that progress is being made. Forward Thinkers doing the walking faster period be careful to always honor God for your success and progress.
Running with the vision
Forward Thinkers you are now in position to take off and run with the vision. Forward Thinkers God promised us great success and doing the running season your testimony will inspire others to get involved and run with you.
Forward Thinkers the bible says do not look down on small beginnings because every part of this process is very important and must be handled with a can’t stop won’t stop attitude.
Forward Thinkers if you build it too fast it may not last.
Forward Thinkers my goal today is to stir up the gift inside of you and convince you it’s worth the effort and to equip you with the tools needed to keep going until all your dreams have gone from conception to manifestation.
Forward Thinkers now let’s observe the four areas of developing your dream.
1-Discernment God-spoken, God-inspired Noah received instructions from God
2-Discipline the ability to stay focused and operate with a spirit of excellence
3-Defying/Daring the courage to walk by faith and not by sight
4-determination a stick to it no matter what attitude
Genesis 6:14 God told Noah to build an ark
Forward Thinkers in Genesis 6:14 we see an example of spiritual discernment. God speaks and Noah is in position to listen. Faith comes by hearing the words of God.
Forward Thinkers we must stand on what God spoke to us if we desire to achieve something great in a dysfunctional society.
Forward Thinkers when God speaks it becomes His Word or His promise and God has to back his word. Think about this before you ever quit again if God backs his word and God gave you a word does that not also mean God has to back you.
Forward Thinkers we must listen more and look less. God spoke in times of violence and corruption and if we spend too much time looking at what’s going on around us we will never have the courage to step out in faith.
Forward Thinkers God often speaks to a man or woman in times of trouble and rises up Kingdom leaders who possess a can’t stop won’t stop attitude doing the worst of times Moses in the bible and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in America are perfect examples.
Forward Thinkers Noah could not stop because God had assigned him to building an ark and once we discover our assignment we should also discover our can’t stop won’t stop spirit.
Genesis 6:17 Trust God Knows what’s next
Forward Thinkers Noah shows us how to trust God because God tells Noah to build an ark and it had never even rained. Forward Thinkers Noah did not know anything about rain but Noah trusted God.
Forward Thinkers Noah knew danger was coming so he could not stop no matter who else didn’t join him.
Genesis 6:18 Covenant Agreement/Partnership with God
Forward Thinkers God entered into a holy covenant agreement with Noah and the covenant remains in place today for you and I.
I can do all things
With God nothing is impossible
God will complete the good work He started in you
Genesis 6:22 Noah did what God said
Forward Thinkers there were surely times Noah wanted to quit but he knew too much was at stake and I pray the next time you think about quitting you think about everything that is at stake.
Forward Thinkers there were times Noah wanted to stop but then he remembered why he started in the 1st place.
Forward Thinkers because Noah would not quit God was able to use Noah to save his family and extend man-kind and today Forward Thinkers God wants to use us to do something great.
In conclusion, Forward Thinkers we have to operate in this violent messed up God-less society with a can’t stop won’t stop attitude because future generations are at stake and we must stand so they will have a chance.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church now located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net